Brief Dynamic Therapy
In Brief Dynamic Therapy, Hanna Levenson discusses the history, theory, and practice of this approach. Brief dynamic therapy is a time-efficient treatment in which the therapist maintains a focus on specific client issues and goals, all within a basic psychodynamic conceptual framework. Many different approaches fit this general definition, but each shares the brief dynamic characteristics of time management, defined focus, circumscribed goals, active therapist participation, rapid assessment, prompt intervention, an awareness of unconscious processes, and techniques that quickly foster a strong alliance with the client.
Dr. Levenson discusses the approach of brief dynamic therapy in general, but focuses on one example, time-limited dynamic psychotherapy, to give readers a richer understanding of this popular model. Time-limited dynamic psychotherapy is an integrative approach that uses recent developments in attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, affective–experiential learning, and systems orientations to help clients with long-standing, dysfunctional ways of relating to others. It provides a specialized method for delineating the client's cyclical maladaptive interpersonal pattern that can lead to symptoms like depression and anxiety. This approach privileges empathic attunement and awareness of moment-to-moment affective shifts within the client, and transactions between the client and therapist.
In this book, the author presents and explores this integrative, culturally-sensitive approach, its theory, history, the therapy process, primary change mechanisms, empirical basis, and future developments. This essential primer, amply illustrated with detailed case examples, is perfect for graduate students studying theories of therapy and counseling as well as for seasoned practitioners interested in learning how to do focused, depth work.
- The Therapy Process
- Future Developments
Glossary of Key Terms
About the Author
Hanna Levenson, PhD, has been specializing in the area of brief psychotherapy as a clinician, teacher/trainer, and researcher for 30 years. She is the author of more than 75 papers and two books, the Concise Guide to Brief Dynamic and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (2002), and Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Guide to Clinical Practice (1995), which was selected by the Behavioral Science Book Service as a "book-of-the-month." She also has three professional videos, Making Every Session Count (1999), Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (2008), and Brief Dynamic Therapy Over Time (2009).
In 2000, she founded the Levenson Institute for Training, a center where mental health practitioners can receive in-depth training and certification in integrative, focused therapy. Dr. Levenson is a professor of psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley and director of the Brief Psychotherapy Program at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. For 20 years, she was clinical professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine and director of the Brief Psychotherapy Program at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
Dr. Levenson's professional career reflects a 30-year dialectic between intrapsychic and relational perspectives, insight and experiential learning, and clinical practice and scientific inquiry. Originally trained in personality theory and social psychology at Claremont University, she later retrained in clinical psychology at the University of Florida, Coral Gables, then interned at Langley Porter Institute (University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine) in 1976.
In addition to her teaching and writing, she maintains a private practice in San Francisco and Oakland, California, and is also a certified therapist and supervisor in emotionally focused couples therapy.
Dr. Levenson is a member of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of Division 29 (Psychotherapy), the California Psychological Association, the Society for Psychotherapy Research, the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
- Brief Dynamic Therapy Over Time
In Brief Dynamic Therapy Over Time, Dr. Hanna Levenson demonstrates how a time-efficient therapy can be brief and yet deep—how a short-term therapy can create long-term change.