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Book review for Josette ten Have-de Labije and Robert J. Neborsky’s Mastering Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

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Tony Talevski, Psychodynamic psychotherapist 

 

As a psychodynamic psychotherapist who works from a relational framework , I plunged into de Labije and Neborsky’s Mastering Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy with a series of assumptions that didn’t prove true. To my surprise, I encountered terminology in the table of contents that could have been drawn from Freud’s Introductory Lectures such as id, ego, superego, resistance, transference and defence through to the more contemporary and research based psychoanalytic concepts of emotional regulation attachment trauma and neurobiological regulation. Generally one expects to see these terms in a textbooks, rather than being integrated into a framework for contemporary psychotherapy practice.