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Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy

by Hanna Levenson
See how psychodynamic principles can be adapted for effective brief, time-limited therapy with a depressed, 74 year-old man.

Part of the 8-video series: Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Disorders

Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy
Dr. Hanna Levenson, a leading proponent of Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP), takes the viewer through the highlights of a 20 session course of therapy with a depressed, passive, and somatizing 74 year-old man. She illustrates how to develop and maintain a focus of treatment, intervene, and terminate in a time-effective manner. With helpful voiceovers, she shares her perceptions and insights as the case is unfolding, explaining the rationale for her interventions. She demonstrates how TLDP integrates psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and system approaches, and is especially useful for patients with chronic and pervasive interpersonal difficulties. The clarity of Dr. Levenson's instruction makes it clear why Hans Strupp, the co-founder of TLDP, refers to her as a "master teacher."

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"Hanna Levenson's video of time-limited dynamic psychotherapy fills a longstanding void in the teaching and learning of brief therapy. Watching a sophisticated, knowledgeable, and compassionate therapist at work is a compelling experience that brings this important therapeutic mode to life. My students have found it to be an invaluable resource in understanding the theory and practice of brief, interpersonally-oriented psychotherapy."
-- Stanley B. Messer, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University

"Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy is certainly the best I have seen of its kind. I particularly like the way Levenson handles making interpretations with a less psychologically-minded patient as depicted in the video. It also makes clear how countertransference can be handled therapeutically, a skill of which many students truly need good examples in their training. I'm definitely going to use this video for my courses. Thanks for the recommendation!"
-- Dante Mancini, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Saint Elizabeth, New Jersey

"This is an excellent teaching video - especially in combination with Levinsons book on Brief Dynamic Therapy (availiable in English and in German)! It was greatly apreciated also by my students."
-- Kirsten von Sydow, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Psychologische Hochschule Berlin (Berlin School of Psychology)
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By watching this video, you'll learn how to:

• Quickly assess the patient's suitability for TLDP
• Collaboratively set meaningful and achievable goals
• Keep the therapy focused on the goals at hand
• Use transference and countertransference to focus on interpersonal patterns
• Truly make every session count!
Length of video: 1:15:00
Number of Discs: 1
English subtitles available on: Stream
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Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-009-0
Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-009-5
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-012-0
Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-012-5
Hanna LevensonDr. Levenson has been specializing in the area of brief therapy—as a clinician, teacher, and researcher—for over 25 years. She directs the Brief Psychotherapy Program at California Pacific Medical Center, and is a professor at the Wright Institute. She has published over 70 articles and two books, Time-Limited Dynamic Therapy: A Guide to Clinical Practice, and The Concise Guide to Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy. Levenson also made a video on Time Limited Dynamic Therapy website. To learn more about her work, visit Hanna Levenson's website.

I found this video extremely engaging and helpful. As a young social worker from a CBT/DBT background, I feel I benefited greatly from this exposure to a more relational approach to therapy. Completing this CE course helped me to better understand and conceptualize the pervasive, cyclical, and dysfunctional interpersonal patterns which can provide a context to a client's struggles and which can manifest in the therapeutic relationship. I feel better prepared to avoid colluding with and to provide corrective experiences to these patterns.
John Rapp, LMSW
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CE credits: 6
Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to quickly assess the patient's suitability for TLDP.
  • Learn how to collaboratively set meaningful and achievable goals.
  • Learn how to keep the therapy focused on the goals at hand.
  • Learn how to use transference and countertransference to focus on interpersonal patterns.