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The main goal of the therapy described here is to improve ego functions and adaptations rather than to explore unconscious conflicts. Thus, the emphasis is on strengthening reality testing, discouraging impulsivity, and clarifying confused thinking, while minimizing the regression and negative transference characteristic of exploratory therapy. In chapters richly illustrated with clinical material, the author details the strategies and rationales of this practice, covering such topics as transference and countertransference, resistance, working through, and the relationship between supportive therapy and psychopharmacology. Clinically sophisticated yet immensely practical, this valuable resource will enhance the skill and understanding of every therapist-student, clinician, or teacher-who practices supportive psychotherapy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465070688
ISBN-10: 046507068X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 27-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lawrence H. Rockland

Lawrence H. Rockland is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division.