Psychodynamically Informed Clinical Practice for Non-Psychotherapists

  • Alan Eppel


This chapter describes the application of short-term psychodynamic principles in general to work in medicine, psychology, social work and related disciplines. It is argued that a basic understanding of dynamic principles can enhance the functioning of healthcare providers. Not all mental health professionals have the opportunity to undertake systematic psychotherapy. Nevertheless they can benefit from understanding the concepts presented in this book. The ability to identify emotional cues, to understand relational patterns and to be aware of defences, transference and countertransference can enhance a clinician’s diagnostic and treatment performance. This knowledge and awareness can be an antidote to the objectification of patients,  and the avoidance of emotions.The use of STPP principles can lead to more authentic encounters with patients.


Primary care Therapeutic relationships Defences Transference Countertransference Communication skills 


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  • Alan Eppel
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  1. 1.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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