Psychotherapy

Select one of the psychodynamic therapy articles below to evaluate for this Assignment.

Aznar-Martinez, B., Perez-Testor, C., Davins, M., & Aramburu, I. (2016). Couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy as the treatment of choice: Indications, challenges, and benefits. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 33(1), 1–20. doi:10.1037/a0038503

Karbelnig, A. M. (2016). “The analyst is present”: Viewing the psychoanalytic process as performance art. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 33(supplement 1), S153–S172. doi:10.1037/a0037332

LaMothe, R. (2015). A future project of psychoanalytic psychotherapy: Revisiting the debate between classical/commitment and analytic therapies. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 32(2), 334–351. doi:10.1037/a0035982

Migone, P. (2013). Psychoanalysis on the Internet: A discussion of its theoretical implications for both online and offline therapeutic technique. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 30(2), 281–299. doi:10.1037/a0031507

Tummala-Narra, P. (2013). Psychoanalytic applications in a diverse society. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 30(3), 471–487. doi:10.1037/a0031375

In a 5- to 10-slide PowerPoint presentation, address the following:

Provide an overview of the article you selected.

What population is under consideration?

What was the specific intervention that was used? Is this a new intervention or one that was already used?

What were the author’s claims?

Explain the findings/outcomes of the study in the article. Include whether this will translate into practice with your own clients. If so, how? If not, why?

Explain whether the limitations of the study might impact your ability to use the findings/outcomes presented in the article. Support your position with evidence-based literature.
A FUTURE PROJECT OF PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY:

Revisiting the Debate Between Classical/Commitment and Analytic Therapies

Ryan LaMothe, PhD Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

This article revisits the distinctions between and limitations of classical and analytic therapies with the aims of further clarifying each and, more impor- tantly, proposing a future project for psychoanalytic therapies. More particu- larly, it is argued that psychoanalysis, although not a “commitment” therapy, can offer some patients a safe space to analyze their commitments with the aims of (a) understanding their conscious and unconscious motivations vis-à-vis living a life in common with particular others, (b) exploring their childhood experiences of committed others, (c) assessing the positive and negative consequences of their commitments, and (d) inviting them to consider choosing to live a life in common with a particular good enough community and its traditions. Implicit in this fourth aim is thoughtful attention paid to the criteria vis-à-vis a good enough community.

Keywords: psychoanalysis, classical therapy, analytic therapy, self, freedom, commitment

(T)o be rooted in a community is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.

(Simone Weil in Baker, 2009, p. 94)

Phillip Reiff (1987) drew a sharp distinction between classical and analytic therapies. This distinction was not necessarily new. A half century earlier, Sigmund Freud and James Putnam had a friendly disagreement about the theory and aims of psychoanalysis. Putnam, leaning toward commitment therapy for some patients, agreed with Freud that “the physician has no right to impose his own ethical or philosophical opinions on any patient, but must content himself with helping the patient develop in his own way” (Hale, 1971, p. 168). However, Putnam believed the patient’s obligations and loyalties vis-à-vis his or her community were important to explore and understand, largely because Putnam viewed

This article was published Online First June 2, 2014. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Ryan LaMothe, PhD, Professor

of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577. E-mail: rlamothe@saintmeinrad.edu

 

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