The Emergence of Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Alan Eppel


This chapter describes the evolution of short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Its conceptual origins can be traced to The Budapest School of Psychoanalysis where Sandor Ferenczi investigated innovations in technique. Franz Alexander made vital contributions with his ideas about corrective emotional experiences. Ferenczi’s disciples Alice and Michael Balint emigrated to London and joined the Tavistock Clinic. The Tavistock became the hub of the British object relations school which included the Balints, David Malan, Donald Winnicott and John Bowlby. Bowlby transformed key ideas of object relations into attachment theory. Starting in the 1960s, the experiential dynamic psychotherapies began to flourish with Habib Davanloo, Diana Fosha, Leigh McCullough and Allan Abbass.


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  • Alan Eppel
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  1. 1.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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