Psychoanalytic Thought and Brief Therapy Research Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

Psychoanalytic Thought and Brief Therapy
A research paper on the use of short-term counseling methods in modern psychotherapy.
# 120325 | 2,107 words | 25 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 09, 2010 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Therapies)

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The paper looks at brief therapy as it has been developed and influenced by psychoanalytic practitioners, starting with Freud. The paper examines the research on the major constructs of psychoanalytic theory that influence and inform brief therapy. The paper shows how when a time limit is determined, it makes the client aware of the seriousness of the endeavor.

From the Paper:

"Brief therapy as a therapeutic technique has been adapted to a variety of orientations. The concept of time is a commonality, cutting across diverse theoretical frameworks. Shinebourne (2006) asserts that time is fundamental to the practice of psychotherapy, since it forms the basis for such important psychological constructs as transference, regression, timelessness, and deja vu.
"The framework and boundaries of time are, indeed, the defining issues of brief therapy. The scheduling, number, length, and termination of sessions give structure and even meaning to the therapeutic encounter. They add a sense of imminence to the proceedings, and they underscore the need for focusing in on the most pressing therapeutic issues (Messer, 2001). In the psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approach to brief therapy, the urgency of connecting and communicating within the present is, thus, emphasized. This distills and focuses the energies of client and therapist alike. When a time limit is determined, it puts the client on notice of the seriousness of the endeavor."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alexander, F., & French, T. M. (1946). Psychoanalytic therapy: Principles and application. New York: Ronald Press.
  • Anchin, J. C. (2003). Integratively oriented brief psychotherapy: Historical perspective and contemporary approaches. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 13(3-4), 219-240.
  • Biography: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939). (n.d.). Retrieved November 11, 2006, from
  • Castelnuovo-Tedesco, P. (1967). Brief psychotherapy: Current status. California Medicine, 107(3), 263-269.
  • Hansen, N. B., Lambert, M. J., & Forman, E. M. (2002). The psychotherapy dose-response effect and its implications for treatment delivery services. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9, 329-343.

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