Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in South Africa

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in South Africa

Contexts, Theories And Applications

by Giada Del Fabbro , Glenys Lobban , Michael O’Loughlin  and Gillian Eagle

Published by: Wits University Press

314 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781868146031
  • Published: April 2013


An accessible text for practitioners, students, and non-specialists about the practice of psychotherapy in South Africa.
Psychoanalysis as a long term modality is inaccessible to the average South African. In this book the authors describe how psychoanalytically orientated or psychodynamic psychotherapy can be practiced as a short-term endeavour and applied to contemporary issues facing the country. Psychodynamic work is currently undertaken by clinical psychologists, therapists, clinicians, trainers, teachers, clinical supervisors, consultants and researchers working in university settings, state hospitals, community projects, private practice and research. The debates, clinical issues, therapeutic practice and nature of research covered in the book are widely representative of the work being done in the country. The need for shorter term therapy models and evidence-based interventions is as acute in global practice as it is locally. The lessons learned in South Africa have broader implications for international practitioners, and the authors stress the potential inherent in psychoanalytic theory and technique to tackle the complex problems faced in all places and settings characterised by increasing globalisation and dislocation. The book is structured in three main sections. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in South Africa is aimed at local and international practitioners and students, while non-specialist readers will find the text informative and accessible.