Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy



Series: Psychiatry – Theory, Applications and Treatments

BISAC: MED075000

This edition is an attempt to present the reader with a lucid and concise, yet comprehensible text that outlines the key components that are required for practicing psychodynamic psychotherapy of children and adolescents. There is a brief exposition of the oeuvre of the three main successors of Sigmund Freud’s prodigious work, and their significant contribution to the formation of both the theory and technique of child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy. In addition, there is a description of the key parameters of psychodynamic approach for the therapy of the most-often attested conditions in childhood and adolescence. Special reference is made to particular issues that have a bearing on practicing child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy in the present day.

Throughout this book and where it was deemed necessary, the inclusion of informative (yet appropriately disguised) clinical material, originating from the authors’ broad clinical experience, significantly enriches its content.

The book’s chapters are written with clarity, whilst its topics are informed by state-of-the-art theorization and supported by selected both recent and seminal references.

The content of this book will be invaluable to the readers who need a careful description of the fundamentals of contemporary psychodynamic approaches to the comprehension and therapeutic treatment of children and adolescents’ psychopathology, including the specificities, challenges and questions raised accordingly. Notwithstanding any omissions, it is its authors’ belief that the book in question deserves a place in the library of anyone with a genuine interest in child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Table of Contents


Part 1.   Essentials

Chapter 1. Core Principles of Individual Psychodynamic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
(Stylianos Christogiorgos, MD, PhD)

Chapter 2. Basic Principles of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Adolescents
(Ira Kollia, PhD, and Stylianos Christogiorgos, MD, PhD)

Chapter 3. Infant Observation: A Meaningful Way of Looking and Learning
(Eftychia Athanassiadou, PhD)

Chapter 4. The Value of Psychodynamic Dimensional Diagnosis in the Process of Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
(Eirini Lympinaki, and Norka T. Malberg, PsyD)

Chapter 5. The Role of Parents in Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
(Stylianos Christogiorgos, MD, PhD, and Georgios Giannakopoulos, MD, PhD)

Part 2.   Major Figures

Chapter 6. The Contribution of Anna Freud to the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Children and Adolescents
(Charalampos Risvas, and Georgios Giannakopoulos, MD, PhD)

Chapter 7. Melanie Klein and Her Fundamental Contributions to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Children
(Elena Terzioglou, Emmanouil Lagos, and Maria Stavrakaki)

Chapter 8. An Overview of Winnicott’s Contribution to Children’s Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
(Stylianos Christogiorgos, MD, PhD)

Part 3. Specific Conditions

Chapter 9. Psychodynamics of Childhood Depression
(Elena Terzioglou)

Chapter 10. Psychosomatic Disorders and Their Psychotherapeutic Specificities in Children and Adolescents
(Sofia Anassontzi, PhD)

Chapter 11. The Concept of Trauma and Its Present Meaning in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents
(Ira Kollia, PhD)

Chapter 12. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Psychotherapeutic Challenge
(Eva Stefanakou, and Georgios Giannakopoulos, MD, PhD)

Chapter 13. Psychotherapeutic Challenges in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
(Aikaterini Alexopoulou, Kalliopi Karadimitri, Foteini Karakatsani, and      Georgios Giannakopoulos, MD, PhD)

Chapter 14. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Borderline Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Therapeutic Specificities and Challenges
(Sofia Anassontzi, PhD, Alexandra Bekiari, Efthymia Florou)

Chapter 15. Psychodynamic Approach in Children and Adolescents with Psychosis
(Dimitris Tzikas, MD, Mara Ktena, Melina Tsiodra, and Foteini Karakatsani)

Chapter 16. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders in Adolescence
(Elena Terzioglou)

Chapter 17. Self-Harm in Adolescence: Psychotherapeutic Challenges in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
(Lina Vasileiou, and Eftychia Athanassiadou, PhD)

Part 4.   Special Issues

Chapter 18. Group Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
(Aliki Grigoriadou, MD, PhD)

Chapter 19. Online Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Challenges and Questions
(Eftychia Athanassiadou, PhD, Stylianos Christogiorgos, MD, PhD, and    Georgios Giannakopoulos, MD, PhD)


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