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Makers of Modern Psychotherapy

Series Editor: Laurence Spurling

This series of introductory, critical texts looks at the work and thought of key contributors to the development of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Each book includes examples of how the theories examined affect clinical practice, biographical material and a complete bibliography of the contributor's work.

The field of psychodynamic psychotherapy is today more fertile but also more diverse than ever before. Competing schools have been set up, rival theories and clinical ideas circulate. These different and sometimes competing strains are held together by a canon of fundamental concepts, guiding assumptions and principles of practice.

This canon has a history, and the way we now understand and use the ideas that frame our thinking and practice is palpably marked by how they came down to us, by the temperament and experiences of their authors, the particular puzzles they wanted to solve and the contexts in which they worked. These are the makers of modern psychotherapy. Yet despite their influence, the work and life some of these eminent figures is not well known. Others are more familiar, but their particular contribution is open to reassessment.

In studying these figures and their work, this series will articulate those ideas and ways of thinking that practitioners and thinkers within the psychodynamic tradition continue to find persuasive.

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  1. John Bowlby and Attachment Theory

    2nd Edition

    By Jerry Holmes, Jeremy Holmes

    Series: Makers of Modern Psychotherapy

    Second edition, completely revised and updated John Bowlby is one of the outstanding psychological theorists of the twentieth century. This new edition of John Bowlby and Attachment Theory is both a biographical account of Bowlby and his ideas and an up-to-date introduction to contemporary...

    Published January 9th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Jacques Lacan and the Freudian Practice of Psychoanalysis

    By Dany Nobus

    Series: Makers of Modern Psychotherapy

    Jacques Lacan and the Freudian Practice of Psychoanalysis paints a completely new picture of the man and his ideas. The book suceeds in showing how ideas can become more accessible, and re-evaluates his significance within the field of psychodynamic psychotherapy.The book is structured thematically...

    Published August 24th 2000 by Routledge

  3. Anna Freud

    A View of Development, Disturbance and Therapeutic Techniques

    By Rose Edgcumbe

    Series: Makers of Modern Psychotherapy

    Anna Freud, daughter of Sigmund, made many original contributions to psychoanalytic theory and child development, and yet much of her work remains relatively unknown. In this book, Rose Edgcumbe seeks to redress the situation. Taking a fresh look at Anna Freud's theories and techniques from a...

    Published April 20th 2000 by Routledge

  4. R.D. Laing and the Paths of Anti-Psychiatry

    By Zbigniew Kotowicz

    Series: Makers of Modern Psychotherapy

    In the 1960s and 1970s, the radical and visionary ideas of R. D. Laing revolutionized thinking about psychiatric practice and the meaning of madness. His work, from The Divided Self to Knots, and his therapeutic community at Kingsley Hall, made him a household name. But after little more than a...

    Published March 20th 1997 by Routledge

  5. Harry Stack Sullivan

    Interpersonal Theory and Psychotherapy

    By F. Barton Evans III

    Series: Makers of Modern Psychotherapy

    Harry Stack Sullivan (1892-1949) has been described as 'the most original figure in American psychiatry'. Challenging Freud's psychosexual theory, Sullivan founded the interpersonal theory of psychiatry, which emphasized the role of interpersonal relations, society and culture as the primary...

    Published November 14th 1996 by Routledge

  6. Heinz Kohut and the Psychology of the Self

    By Allen M. Siegel

    Series: Makers of Modern Psychotherapy

    Heinz Kohut's work represents an important departure from the Freudian tradition of psychoanalysis. A founder of the Self Psychology movement in America, he based his practice on the belief that narcissistic vulnerabilities play a significant part in the suffering that brings people for treatment....

    Published October 10th 1996 by Routledge

  7. The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion

    By Joan Symington, Neville Symington

    Series: Makers of Modern Psychotherapy

    Winner of the 2013 Sigourney Award! Psychoanalysis seen through Bion's eyes is a radical departure from all conceptualizations which preceded him. In this major contribution to the series Makers of Modern Psychotherapy, Joan and Neville Symington concentrate on understanding Bion's concepts in...

    Published March 14th 1996 by Routledge

  8. Michael Fordham

    Innovations in Analytical Psychology

    By James Astor

    Series: Makers of Modern Psychotherapy

    Michael Fordham's immense contribution to analytical psychology has been marked by its combination of practical and theoretical genius. Before retirement he ran a full clinical practice alongside the co-editorship of The Collected Works of Jung, development of the Society of Analytical Psychology...

    Published August 24th 1995 by Routledge

  9. Frances Tustin

    By Sheila Spensley

    Series: Makers of Modern Psychotherapy

    Frances Tustin describes the life and clarifies the work of an outstanding clinician whose understanding of autistic and psychotic children has brilliantly illuminated the relationship between autism and psychosis for others in the field. Sheila Spensley defines Tustin's position in traditional and...

    Published December 22nd 1994 by Routledge

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