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Do you know the difference between Psychoanalytic Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy? The latter places focus on the patient's relationship with their external world. A psychodynamic approach to therapy will utilise a focus on acknowledging, understanding and dealing with repressed emotions to help the patient reform their relationships. 

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Psychodynamic Counselling in Action 


Widely regarded as the most accessible introduction to the psychodynamic approach, this book covers everything from the initial meeting right through to the end of the relationship. 

"This is one of a very small number of books that manage to describe simply, but not simplistically, what analytic work involves."

- British Journal of Medical Psychology 

Need a quick refresher on psychodynamic theory and practice? We have the perfect chapter for you. 

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CP megaphone  Recommended reading 


The counselling and psychotherapy hub is full of useful links, book chapters, interactive videos and more. Here are a few books to add to your resources: 


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Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Therapy: A Conversational Model

This book presents for the first time, a practical manual for psychodynamic-interpersonal therapy. Drawing on forty years of research, teaching and practice, its expert authors guide you through the conversational model's theory, skills and implication for practice. 

Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Therapy in context 


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Psychodynamic Counselling in a Nutshell

With new material on working with diversity and difference, neuroscience and extended discussion on ethics, this is a quick and easy introduction to the psychodynamic approach. 

The book introduces:

  • the history of the approach

  • main key concepts

  • practical techniques used by practitioners. 

"Concise, well-written introduction to the basics of psychodynamic counselling."

- Paul Demetriou-Crane, Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education 


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Skills in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy 

This is a step-by-step guide to the key skills and techniques of the psychodynamic approach used at each stage of the therapeutic process. It not only addresses how to implement skills but also why they are being implemented 

"The journey of becoming a therapist starts here... This book id helpful for students while traning to become counsellors and to well-experienced counsellors."

- Dr Netalie Shloim, Lecturer in Counselling & Psychtherapy, Leeds University 

Learn about the core of the psychodynamic approach here.

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