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Book Reviews Edited by César A. Alfonso, M.D. and Joseph R. Silvio, M.D. Book Reviews Book Reviews Off the Couch: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Applications, edited by Alessandra Lemma and Matthew Patrick, Routledge, New York, 2010, 220 pp., $36.95 British mental health workers are watching with concern the declining status of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic knowledge is increasingly considered irrelevant within the British National Health System. This book is a response to this concern. In 12 chapters, written mostly by mental health professionals affiliated with the Tavistock Mental Health Center, the book points to the relevance of psychoanalytic knowledge, with all its variations, to many psychotherapeutic activities, projects, and many contemporary forms of psychotherapy. The emphasis is on bringing a psychoanalytic mindset to therapeutic activity, not a defense of psychoanalytic techniques. The most interesting papers focus on this issue by describing very specific projects or services, such as suicide prevention, working with parents of children under five, dealing with traumatized adolescents, working with imprisoned mothers who had babies, approaches to panic disorders, and cognitive behavior therapy. The focus on a psychoanalytic mindset is best illustrated in the highly interesting first chapter: "Off the Couch and Around the Conference Table." John Lord Alberdice, a psychiatrist http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry Guilford Press

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Guilford Press
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© 2011 The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
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1546-0371
DOI
10.1521/jaap.2011.39.4.753
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Edited by César A. Alfonso, M.D. and Joseph R. Silvio, M.D. Book Reviews Book Reviews Off the Couch: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Applications, edited by Alessandra Lemma and Matthew Patrick, Routledge, New York, 2010, 220 pp., $36.95 British mental health workers are watching with concern the declining status of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic knowledge is increasingly considered irrelevant within the British National Health System. This book is a response to this concern. In 12 chapters, written mostly by mental health professionals affiliated with the Tavistock Mental Health Center, the book points to the relevance of psychoanalytic knowledge, with all its variations, to many psychotherapeutic activities, projects, and many contemporary forms of psychotherapy. The emphasis is on bringing a psychoanalytic mindset to therapeutic activity, not a defense of psychoanalytic techniques. The most interesting papers focus on this issue by describing very specific projects or services, such as suicide prevention, working with parents of children under five, dealing with traumatized adolescents, working with imprisoned mothers who had babies, approaches to panic disorders, and cognitive behavior therapy. The focus on a psychoanalytic mindset is best illustrated in the highly interesting first chapter: "Off the Couch and Around the Conference Table." John Lord Alberdice, a psychiatrist

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Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic PsychiatryGuilford Press

Published: Dec 1, 2011

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