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Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy A Basic Text (Core Competencies in Psychotherapy), 2nd Edition

Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Basic Text, by leading psychotherapist and educator Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., instructs in both the core principles of this fundamental treatment modality and its practice in real-world treatment settings. This second edition expands on the theoretical, technical, and clinical issues addressed in the popular first edition. Since the first edition appeared in 2004, rigorous research revealed in major psychiatric and psychological journals has further confirmed the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy and how it can improve the lives of patients over time. Those findings make a thorough understanding of key concepts, assessment, indications, formulation, interventions, and the goals of therapy crucial for emerging psychotherapy professionals. An innovative feature of the new edition is a companion DVD in which the author brings the text to life, giving psychiatric residents and other mental health professionals an invaluable glimpse of a senior clinician at work. The DVD illustrates key clinical problems encountered in psychiatry, psychology, or social work and proven solutions gathered over many years of actual clinical experience.


This revision of Dr. Gabbard’s introductory “course” in psychodynamic psychotherapy is a gift to all students of this complex yet essential form of treatment. An already outstanding volume is much improved by thoughtful additions to the text and accompanying videos that bring the words alive. It is like have one of the great clinician/educators of our time in the room, steadily opening doors to understanding. –David A. Goldberg, M.D., Chair and Residency Training Director, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, Past Executive Director and President, Association of American, Director’s of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT).

Glen Gabbard s extensive clinical experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy provides the backdrop for this superb textbook for the beginning and intermediate-level psychodynamic psychotherapist. Once again Dr. Gabbard has provided for trainees and practitioners lucid descriptions of the key concepts and history of psychodynamic psychotherapy, technique, and therapeutic action, amply illustrated with well-chosen clinical vignettes. The addition of findings from cognitive neuroscience studies of unconscious mental functioning, psychodynamic psychotherapy efficacy studies and the updated section on evaluating core competencies bring the reader up to date with advances in the field.” –Lisa A. Mellman, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Past President, American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training.

This is a an expensive, but really great book on long-term psychodynamic therapy which is often used to treat borderline personality disorders and other conditions that are more serious than the everyday problems of the average person.

It is actually a short book only being 210 pages. However, it covers a lot of ground and does it in a way that is easy to read. It introduces key concepts right at the beginning then it goes into assessment, indications and formulation. The next two chapters cover the nuts and bolts of psychotherapy and the role of the therapist. As a whole, the text does a great job of covering the end-to-end therapeutic process.

There are a lot of books on this topic, but this one is very clear, well-organized and covers the most important topics in just enough detail. There is not much fluff in this book and the clinical examples are useful and not overdone.

Product Details :

  • Series: Core Competencies in Psychotherapy
  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.; 2 edition (March 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585623857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585623853
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches

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