Maximizing Effectiveness in Dynamic Psychotherapy

By Dr. Patricia Coughlin

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The best therapists embody the changes they attempt to facilitate in their patients. In other words, they practice what they preach and are an authentic and engaged, as well as highly skilled, presence. Maximizing Effectiveness in Dynamic Psychotherapy demonstrates how and why therapists can and must develop the specific skills and personal qualities required to produce consistently effective results.

The six factors now associated with brain change and positive outcome in psychotherapy are front-and-center in this volume. Each is elucidated and illustrated with detailed, verbatim case transcripts. In addition, a method of treatment that incorporates all these key factors — Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) — is introduced to the reader.

Therapists of every stripe can learn to develop and integrate the clinical skills presented in this book in order to improve their interventions, enhance effectiveness, and, ultimately, help more patients in a deeper and more-lasting fashion.

Published July 2016 by Routledge

Integrative Psychiatry

By Daniel A. Monti, MD, and Bernard D. Beitman, MD.

Contributing Author Dr. Patricia Coughlin wrote the chapter entitled “Facilitating Emotional Health and Well Being.”

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Published by Oxford University Press

Lives Transformed

By Dr. Patricia Coughlin, written in collaboration with Dr. David Malan

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Published by Karnac Books

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique

By Dr. Patricia Coughlin, written in collaboration with Dr. David Malan

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Papers & Journal Articles

“Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy” (an introduction) by Patricia Coughlin and Jeff Katzman Psychiatric Annals 43:11, 2013 – View/download PDF

“Facilitating Emotional Health and Well Being” — chapter in Textbook of Integrative Psychiatry (2009) – View/download PDF

Katzman, J. & Coughlin, P. (2013). “The Role of Therapist Activity in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.” Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41, 73–88 – View/download PDF

Katzman, J; Abbass, A., Coughlin, P., Arora, S. (2014). “Building connections through Teletechnologies to augment resident training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.” Academic Psychiatry, March

Coughlin, P. & Kazman, J. (Guest Editors). “Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.” Psychiatric Annals, 43:11, 486–489

Mott, L. & Coughlin Della Selva, P. (2011). Intensiv dynamik coaghing – fordele ved en folelsesfokuseret tilgang. Elmhold, C & Tanggard, L. (Ed.). Forlelser i ledelse. Aarhus: Klim

Coughlin, P. (2010). “Emotional Health and Well Being.” In D. Monti and B.D. Beitman (Eds), Textbook of Integrative Psychiatry. NY: Oxford Universities Press

Coughlin, P. (2008). “The Practice of Psychotherapy: Lost or Found?” Psychotherapy Bulletin, 43, 33–35

Coughlin Della Selva, P. (2006). “Emotional Processing in the Treatment of Psychosomatic Disorders.” Journal of Clinical Psychology, In Session, April

Coughlin Della Selva, P. (2001). “Working to Identify and Remove Tactical Defenses.” Qadermidi Psychiatria Practica, 17/18, 37–47

Coughlin Della Selva, P. (2001). “Dynamic Assessment of Ego Functioning in Davanloo’s ISTDP.” In J. ten Have-de Labija (Ed.), The Working Alliance in Intensive Short_Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. The Netherlands: The Netherlands Foundation for Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Della Selva, P. C. (1993). “The Significance of Attachment Theory for the Practice of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy,” International Journal of Short-Term Psychotherapy 8, 189–206

Della Selva, P. C. (1992). “Achieving Character Change in ISTDP: How the Experience of Affect Leads to the Consolidation of the Self.” International Journal of Short-Term Psychotherapy, 7, 73–87

Della Selva, P. C. (1991). “The Emergence and Working Through of Pre-Verbal Rrauma in Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.” International Journal of Short-Rerm Psychotherapy, 6, 195–216

Della Selva, P. C. (1987). “A Sleep Disorder: My Child?” In M. Weissbluth, Sleep Well. London

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