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A second case history

R. Peter Hobson

in Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2016 | ISBN: 9780198725008
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191833397 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med:psych/9780198725008.003.0004
A second case history

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A second case history, this time of a man with deep anxieties and difficulties with commitment, illustrates further features of Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy. The assessment interview is described, and then details of the final session of the 16-session treatment with a female trainee psychotherapist are recounted. In certain respects, the session recaps a developmental course that had been a feature of the treatment as a whole, As the final session unfolds, one can see how the therapist’s patient but persistent understanding and firmness enables the patient to achieve growth in the capacity to think and, with this, greater autonomy and emotional depth.

Keywords: assessment interview; trainee psychotherapist; understanding; firmness; growth; capacity to think; autonomy; emotional depth

Chapter.  5515 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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