What does a psychoanalytic psychotherapist do?

What does a psychoanalytic psychotherapist do?

READ: Wedding, D. & Corsini, R. (2014). Current Psychotherapies (10th ed.) Chapter 2: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies.

READ: Wedding, D. & Corsini, R. (2014). Case studies in psychotherapy (7th ed.) Chapter 1: The Case of Simone.


After completing this week’s reading & reviewing the case this week respond to the following & remember to reference your work:

  • Identify and describe three strengths of this approach
  • Identify & describe one limitation of this approach
  • What are the fundamental skills used to form a therapeutic relationship and alliance with the client?
  • Name 2 counselor characteristics necessary for positive client outcomes
  • How does this approach use clinical evaluation, diagnostic interviews and assessment?
  • What tools would you use for crisis intervention?


What are some psychoanalytic interventions?

What interventions would assist with diverse populations?
Identify, describe, define (with a reference) three concept /terms associated with this approach (i.e.- therapeutic alliance, transference, resistance…).

What specific tools would this approach use for screening for aggression, substance abuse, addiction, gambling, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, suicide/homicide ideation/intent, self-injury (cutting), eating disorders, co-occurring disorders, sexual problems, or family history that would be helpful in a clinical assessment?


What is the main goal of psychoanalytic therapy?

Write an example of a measurable goal you would set for a client using this approach (Client will score 20 or below on the Beck Depression Inventory for 5 consecutive sessions. Target Date: 10/1/2019.)

What are three facts you found interesting in the article:

Pedersen, P. (2001). Mobilizing the generic potential of culture-centered counseling.?International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling,?23(3), 165-177. doi:10.1023/A:1013155808850