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Introduction to the Practice of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Second Edition


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Table of Contents

About the Author vii

Preface ix

Introduction: Is Freud Dead? 1

1 Brave New Worlds: A Psychoanalysis Fit for the Twenty-First Century 12

2 An Overview of the Schools of Psychoanalysis: Theory and Practice 28

3 The Process of Psychic Change 75

4 The Analytic Setting and the Analytic Attitude 94

5 Assessment and Formulation 128

6 Unconscious Communication 169

7 Defences and Resistance 194

8 Transference and Countertransference 219

9 Working with Endings 269

Conclusion: The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at Work 292

References 302

Index 327

About the Author

ALESSANDRA LEMMA is Director of the Psychological Therapies Development Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Visiting Professor and Clinical Director of the Psychological Interventions Research Centre at University College London, Visiting Professor at Sapienza University of Rome and Honorary Professor of Psychological Therapies at the University of Essex. She is the Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis book series, and one of the regional Editors for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. She has published extensively on psychoanalysis, the body and trauma.


"This text is a thorough, thoughtful and academically rigorous approach to Freudian and Kleinian thinking today." (Therapy Today, May 2016)

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