The Little Psychotherapy Book: Object Relations in Practice

The Little Psychotherapy Book: Object Relations in Practice

Aimed at beginning therapists and those new to object relations, this concise work introduces the reader to the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy from an object relations (O-R) perspective in a dynamic and easy-to-follow way. One of the four main schools of psychodynamic psychotherapy, O-R is regarded as particularly challenging, both conceptually and practically. The book presents object relations in a clear and concise manner that makes it especially applicable for regular use in the clinical setting. Moreover, the author writes in a narrative style similar to actual psychotherapy supervision; dialogues between a therapist and a fictitious patient appear throughout the book to illustrate common clinical situations. Designed to complement actual training in psychotherapy, the book suggests ways in which the therapist can incorporate object relations tools with other forms of therapy, regardless of the clinical setting. Ideal for students, trainees, and clinicians in psychiatry, psychology, social work, family medicine, and psychiatric nursing, The Little Psychotherapy Book will prove invaluable for any reader seeking a helpful and succinct introduction to object relations in psychotherapy.

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  1. PsychViv said,

    Wrote on December 8, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
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    My new favorite psych writer!, June 6, 2010
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    Although I am still not quite finished reading Frankland’s Little Psychotherapy Book I really wanted to write a review because I am enjoying it so much. The writing style is so engaging and unique in that I feel like I am sitting in a round table discussion with Dr. Frankland. He explains a very complicated subject using a simple conversational style that just makes sense and is so easy to understand. My background is primarily CBT-oriented but I am thoroughly enjoying reading about object relations. The HORSE and COST mnemonics are easy to grasp and apply, even in my CBT cases. I cannot say enough about this book and I cannot wait to finish it. Highly recommended.

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  2. OutrageousJem said,

    Wrote on December 8, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
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    Very practical – an easy read, May 3, 2010
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    I can’t think of a more practical book I have read about object relations. Its easy to follow, unlike a lot of other books about object relations. It contains very straightforward guidance that I have not found in other settings or books about how to think about situations that happen every day with clients. It explains how to understand situations using a simple model that the author calls the four levels of meaning. This approach makes a lot of sense to me and I am already finding it useful for deciding which way to go with my clients. It is a pretty fast read and although I would have liked to see more about dealing with things like non payment of fees, all in all this is an excellent book which I would say is a “must have’ for anyone learning about therapy.

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