In Brief Dynamic Therapy, Dr. Stanley B. Messer demonstrates his approach to short-term, focused therapy. This treatment is distinguished by its emphasis on finding an issue on which to focus in therapy, a characteristic intrinsic to its brevity (therapy generally runs 12–25 sessions). In this session, Dr. Messer works with a woman named Nancy whose father recently died and whose mother is experiencing dementia and Parkinson's disease. In this typical first session, Dr. Messer actively seeks to determine whether Nancy will be a good candidate for brief dynamic therapy and what might be a suitable focus.
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