Articles & Interviews

Psychodynamic

Nancy McWilliams on Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
The prolific psychoanalyst and psychologist discusses contemporary psychoanalytic practice, the state of the academy, and the importance for therapists to contribute to the greater community.
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Clinical Wisdom: A Psychoanalyst Learns from his Mistakes
by Herbert Rabin
Dr. Rabin shares lessons culled from 40 years of psychotherapy teaching and practice.
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Hanna Levenson on Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy
Dr. Levenson lays out the principles for Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP), and discusses how to make every session count.
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Practical Psychoanalysis for Therapists and Patients
by Owen Renik
Renik argues that psychoanalysis must move beyond theory and focus instead on effectiveness.
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Otto Kernberg on Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Legendary psychoanalyst Otto Kernberg discusses psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and his research on the treatment of personality disorders from an object relations perspective.
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Paul Wachtel on Therapeutic Communication
One of the leading voices in integrative thinking in the field of psychotherapy, and the author of Therapeutic Communication: What to Say When, Paul Wachtel argues passionately for avoiding the traps of rigid ideology and pseudoscience that continue to hold sway in our profession.
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Louis Cozolino on the Integration of Neuroscience into Psychotherapy—and its Limitations
Psychologist and neuroscience researcher Louis Cozolino describes the many twists, turns and theoretical orientations he's traversed in his over four decades in the field, the need for psychotherapists to be less passive, and the applications of neuroscience to psychotherapy both now and in the future.
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David Wallin on Attachment and Psychotherapy
Wallin delves deep into attachment and the therapeutic relationship, mindfulness, and self-disclosure.
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Allan Schore on the Science of the Art of Psychotherapy
Psychologist Allan Schore shares his research on the neuroscientific underpinnings of psychotherapy, the art of integrating neuroscience and psychoanalysis, and recent scientific attempts to “find” the unconscious mind.
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George Silberschatz on Psychotherapy Research and Its Discontents
Clinician and researcher George Silberschatz, PhD, discusses both the benefits and limitations of psychotherapy research, as well as its misuse by therapists marketing their services.
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Diana Fosha on Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
AEDP founder Diana Fosha discusses the journey that led her to create a new model of psychotherapy, the strong community support that ties the AEDP community together and how men have traditionally gotten a bum rap in couples therapy.
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The Gossamer Thread: My Life as a Psychotherapist
by John Marzillier
Using three different case studies with clients, a British therapist describes his personal journey from his early career as a behavioral psychologist, to his later years, where he embraced a more intuitive and reflective psychodynamic approach.
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The God of Psychoanalysis
by Simon Yisrael Feuerman
A psychotherapist shares the agonies and ecstasies of being in psychoanalytic group therapy and asks: Is psychoanalysis a religion after all?


Our Hungry Selves: Women, Eating and Identity
by Kim Chernin
Famed feminist and psychotherapist, Kim Chernin, discusses her work with women, body image and eating disorders over the past 40 years. Not surprisingly, eating disorders are at an all time high in our culture. She discusses what has changed and what seemingly never will.
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Psychotherapy with Medically Ill Patients: Hope in the Trenches
by Tamara McClintock Greenberg
Working with clients who are medically ill not only requires us to learn more about the seemingly distant and disembodied relational aspects of medicine, but also forces us to confront painful existential realities on a daily basis.
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Psychotherapy with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients
by Karisa Barrow
With attempted suicide rates greater than 40% in the transgender community, it's important for clinicians to be aware of the issues gender nonconforming clients bring to therapy, and to be knowledgeable about how best to support them. Karisa Barrow challenges therapists to deconstruct the gender binary, identify and work through prejudices, and seek guidance from gender specialists to ensure that we "do no harm."
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When the Therapist Loves and Hates
by Chris Peterson
Psychotherapist Chris Peterson makes a strong case for welcoming all of our intense feelings-—both loving and hateful—into the therapy process with clients to deepen the therapy relationship and its healing potential.


What Remains: The Aftermath of Patient Suicide
by Margaret Clausen
Psychologist Margaret Clausen shares poignantly about the loss of her client to suicide,  the steps she took to heal her grief, and the isolation and shame that many clinicians needlessly suffer in the wake of client suicide.
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In Bed With Your Therapist: The Paradoxical Intimacy of Online Psychotherapy
by Anastasia Piatakhina Giré and Joseph Burgo
Psychotherapists Anastasia Piatakhina Giré and Joseph Burgo, who conduct therapy with clients around the world over Skype, share about the unique aspects of being let into the intimate spaces of their clients homes.


Whiteness Matters: Exploring White Privilege, Color Blindness and Racism in Psychotherapy
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Lynn Ponton on the Challenges and Joys of Working with Teens
Teen expert Lynn Ponton, MD, shares wisdom from over three decades of working with children and adolescents, and describes how technology has changed the life of teenagers and those who work with them.
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Tea with Freud: An Imaginary Conversation About How Psychotherapy Really Works
by Steven B. Sandler
In this delightfully imaginative excerpt from Tea with Freud: An Imaginary Conversation About How Psychotherapy Really Works, psychiatrist and author Steven B. Sandler, travels back in time to consult with Freud on some of his most challenging cases, and challenges Freud to think about his famous theories in new ways.