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Remembering with Emotion in Dynamic Psychotherapy


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1 Introduction Part 2 I. Part One: Theory Chapter 3 1. Emotion: A Foundation for Dynamic Psychotherapy Chapter 4 2. Anxiety and Depression: Adapting to Adversity Chapter 5 3. Defense Mechanisms Chapter 6 4. Attachments Chapter 7 5. Beginnings Part 8 II. Part Two: Therapy Chapter 9 6. Case Illustration: A Motherless Child Chapter 10 7. A Psychodynamic Formulation Chapter 11 8. Grief Chapter 12 9. Anger Chapter 13 10. Beyond Anger Chapter 14 11. Resistance Part 15 III. Part Three: Reunion Chapter 16 12. The Reunion Process Chapter 17 13. Discovering Positive Memories Chapter 18 14. Moving Toward Reunion Chapter 19 15. Reunion and Compassion Chapter 20 16. Conclusion

About the Author

Steven B. Sandler is associate professor of psychiatry at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. After starting his career as a schoolteacher, he completed training in pediatrics, child psychiatry, and adult psychiatry. For the past twenty years, his work has included the practice and teaching of dynamic psychotherapy.


This wonderful work shows how the direct experience of emotion and emotional transformation is the key to healing in psychotherapy. Sandler offers some novel hypotheses about working with emotion. He shows us how to work with constricting and expanding emotion and defenses against these and how to change negative memories with positive attachment memories. This is a book from which you can learn how a therapist actually does therapy. It is easy to read and appropriate for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. -- Leslie S. Greenberg, York University
In this inspired, comprehensive account of Sandler's [Experiential Dynamic Therapy] EDT approach, the author develops a systematic procedure to help patients overcome the toxic effect of negative memories and restore and remodel positive memories. Sandler's book is a precious learning tool for psychotherapy students and is inspiring for fellow therapists. With the right balance between continuity and innovation, the reader is escorted along the evolution of [Short-Term Dynamic Therapy] into cutting-edge EDT. By outlining polarities of approach-withdrawal, expansion-contraction . . . and the like, Sandler bravely and successfully faces the often-avoided and treacherous subject of emotion. Congratulations Steve! -- Ferruccio Osimo M.D., IEDTA, Director and Past President

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