Preface. Part I: Containment. Anxiety as a Signal of Danger. Depression as a Signal of Defeat. The Compensations for Unbearable Anxiety and Depression. Part II: Selective Inattention Revised. Schooling Against False Claims. Backing Up the History From Disaster. Walking Forward to Read the Exchanges in Work and Love. Part III: The Opposing Current Navigated. The Opposing Current to Receptiveness. The Opposing Current to Pushing. The Opposing Current to Guilt. Part IV: Impasse Surmounted. The Relationship or Marital Impasse. The Work Impasse. The Developmental Impasse. Part V: Background. Scientific Evidence and Very Brief Psychotherapy. Follow-up Judgments by Patients Described in the Text. Drawings and Letters. The Defense of the Doctor / Psychotherapist. Dreaming the Theory. A Theoretical Note on the Scaffolding of this Book. References. Index.
James P. Gustafson, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of the Brief Psychotherapy Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, Wisconsin.
'Very Brief Psychotherapy is engagingly written, clinically astute, and theoretically brilliant. Jim Gustafson shows how, with one step - the right step - patients can do something different to break out of their painful, reiterating traps. Highly recommended.' - Michael F. Hoyt, Ph.D., Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, USA