The Therapeutic Encounter: Psychotherapy in Everyday Psychiatric Practice

Ross Kalucy
Department of Psychiatry, Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia, Australia

Paul Cammell, PhD
Senior Psychiatrist and Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Series: Psychiatry – Theory, Applications and Treatments
BISAC: MED105000



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This accessible work describes psychotherapeutic techniques and a psychodynamic orientation for everyday clinical practice in psychiatry. It describes how these practices operate in outpatient, inpatient and emergency settings, and proceeds to illustrate this with a range of case studies that cover common mental health conditions. This approach brings case based teaching and discussion alive for the reader, and is more clinically relevant to everyday practice than most other psychotherapy books of its kind. The case studies will become a valuable resource for university courses and clinical training programs as well.
(Imprint: Nova Medicine and Health)


Chapter 1. Introduction

Section 1: Therapeutic Principles

Chapter 2. Psychodynamic Concepts

Chapter 3. The Therapeutic Interview

Chapter 4. The Use of the Setting

Chapter 5. The Role of Case Histories in Teaching

Section 2: Clinical Situations

Chapter 6. An Illustrative Case

Chapter 7. Crises

Chapter 8. Conflicts

Chapter 9. Deficits

Chapter 10. Depression

Chapter 11. Anxiety

Chapter 12. Somatization and Conversion

Chapter 13. Psychosis, Autism and Alexithymia


“It is refreshing to read a book devoted to the application of psychodynamics and dynamic psychotherapy in everyday clinical practice, wonderfully illustrated by cases drawn from the long and varied career of Professor Ross Kalucy. Paul Cammell and Ross Kalucy offer an introductory theoretical orientation to assist in the understanding of these case presentations, with a comprehensive bibliography to guide further reading. They emphasize the importance of curiosity about the meaning of current events in the light of past experiences, including developmental trauma, and the interactions between personality, sociocultural and biological factors in symptom formation. “ - Dr. Cate Houen, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry, South Australia

"The Therapeutic Encounter is a distillation of clinical wisdom accumulated by Ross Kalucy over a stellar academic psychiatry career, as well as the observations of Paul Cammell, a gifted psychotherapist, and deeply thoughtful scholar. The authentic and therapeutic voices of these experienced clinicians can be heard in their words. Contemporary psychiatric practice is dominated by reductionistic biological treatments and standardized approaches dictated to by diagnostic boxes and treatment algorithms. In contrast, this synthesis of theory and vignettes, by two highly respected psychiatrists from different generations of psychiatry, illuminates how psychodynamic therapy can be practiced as the basic element to healing minds, with humanity." - Professor Michael Baigent, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Keywords: Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Theory, Psychoanalytic Theory

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