Psychotherapy has been described humorously as the art of practicing a science which doesn't exist. Brauer and Faris submit that the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy draws on both art and science and should be conducted only by those who are properly trained with sufficient experience and steeped in the empirical literature based on solid research. Insightful and well-trained therapists should, therefore, draw heavily from the scientific disciplines of child development, medical science, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and sociology. To tap into the great body of research in such areas means the well-read psychotherapist must be able to assimilate contributions from a rather broad array of specialties. This is a daunting task and is not for the intellectually faint of heart. Listening to the Melody of the Mind attempts to provide a comprehensive exploration of the person who is the therapist.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Part I. Introduction Chapter 3 1. Two Minds Establish a Psychotherapy Chapter 4 2. How the Talking Cure Works Chapter 5 3. When the Therapist Is Good Enough Chapter 6 4. When the Therapist Isn't Good Enough Chapter 7 5. Authenticity Part 8 Part II. The Necessary Clinical Knowledge Chapter 9 6. Adequate Theoretical/Conceptual Frameworks Chapter 10 7. Multiple Points of View Chapter 11 8. Supervised Experience in Diagnosing and Treating Chapter 12 9. Spectrum Disorders-Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders Chapter 13 10. Disorders of the Borderline Syndrome Chapter 14 11. Coordinated Split Treatment Part 15 Part III. The Nature of the Clinical Experience Chapter 16 12. Patient-Therapist motivations for Psychotherapy Chapter 17 13. Empathy and Therapeutic Tact Chapter 18 14. How the Therapist's Mind Works Chapter 19 15. Cognitive Style and the Therapeutic Alliance Chapter 20 16. Addressing the Patient's Need to Fight Chapter 21 17. The Place of Dreams in the Therapeutic Process Chapter 22 18. Psychopharmacology and the Complexity of Psychodynamics Part 23 Part IV. The Challenges of the Clinical Experience Chapter 24 19. Countertransference and Rescue Fantasies Chapter 25 20. Feelings Chapter 26 21. Negative Therapeutic Reactions Chapter 27 22. People Psychotherapy Probably Can't Help Chapter 28 23. Rarely Encountered Disorders Chapter 29 24. Non-empirical Psychotherapists Part 30 Closing Comments