Affect-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy: Theory, empiricism and practice

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by Peter Lilliengren, Patrick Lindert, Linda Hellquist, Kristoffer Pettersson, Lasse Almeb¨åck, Katja Bergsten

This is the first Swedish book about the affective-focused psychodynamic therapy. Our affect theory guides our attention and prepares us for action. They tell us what is important and helps us communicate it to others.

How we manage our emotions depends largely on the relational experience we have. An affective-focused psychotherapy gives the possibility of a close and trusting relationship recognize and approach their emotions in depth so that a ominlärning and integration can take place. To get more in touch with their genuine feelings and needs of the patient needs to be helped to see and let the defense that is not adaptive, to replace them with more balanced ways to regulate emotions and anxiety. Therefore, the therapist is active and focused as close as possible experience.

The book gives a good understanding of both theory and research, practical application. The authors addressed, including affect theory and attachment theory related to psychotherapy. With the help of many cases vignettes and dialogues illustrated different interventions for working with defense, control of anxiety and shame and deepening of emotions.

The book is written for students in psychotherapy and psychotherapists active – and for anyone who wants to know more about affective focused work in psychotherapy.

The authors work as therapists, tutors, trainers and researchers in the affective-focused psychodynamic therapy.

Note: This book is only available in Swedish.

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