Psychology for Lawyers

a psychodynamic approach to therapy



Jonathan Shedler, The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, 65 (2) Am. Psychologist 98 (2010) [online text]

M. Elizabeth Sublette & Jon Novick, Essential Techniques for the Beginning Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, 58 Am. J. Psychotherapy 67 (2004) [online text]

Class Videos

[For a series of introductory videos, see Psychotherapists Talking about Psychotherapy]

What is Psychodynamic Therapy? [1:43 mins.] [brief but instructive video]

Understanding Approaches: Psychodynamic Counseling [8:21 mins.] [an interview of psychotherapist Brendan McLoughlin; locates psychodynamic theory in the work of Freud] [end class presentation at 2:57 mins.] [McLoughlin goes on, at 4:33 mins., to describe Freud's structural theory of the psyche: id, ego, superego, commentary that runs to the end of the video]

What is Psychotherapy? A Dialogue Between Two Psychoanalysts [22:10 mins.] [Gerald J. Gargiulo and Amira Simha-Alpern] ["what is psychotherapy, what is psychoanalysis?"; reasons a person goes into therapy; "therapy is a college education of our emotions"; one goal of therapy can be seen as a way to find out who we are] [begin presentation at 1:35 mins., end presentation at 6:52 mins.]

Dynamic Psychotherapy [9:25 mins.] [Patricia Coughlin] ["expose the underlying cause of the symptoms"; exploring forces within the psyche; reference to anxiety, to defenses; the past finds its way into the present] [end of presentation at 3:30 mins.]

CBT vs Psychodynamic Psychotherapy [2:43 mins.] [end presentation at 1:04 mins.]

CBT and Psychoanalysis Similarities and Difference [3:53 mins.] [Aaron Beck, a founder of CBT]

What is Psychoanalysis? [12:14 mins.] [Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute] [Donald L. Carveth] [end presentation at 8:51 mins.] [a good working introduction to psychoanalysis; comments on recurring dreams; on trying to get at what is going on in the unconscious; "defending against truths"]

Who can Benefit from Psychoanalysis? [6:59 mins.] [Susan K. Moore continues the interview with Donald L. Carveth] [end presentation at 4:04 mins.]

Reference (Psychoanalysis | Donald Carveth)

The Analytic Cure Across the Schools
[1:56:38 mins.] [possible end of the presentation at 7:41 mins.; resume presentation at 10:26 mins. (on strengthening the ego), end at 19:06 mins. (when Carveth turns to Melanie Klein)]

Conscience vs Superego
[35:53 mins.]

Freud's Three Main Contributions
[49:17 mins.]

Reference (Psychodynamic Psychotherapy | Joe Burgo)

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and What to Expect: The First Session
[6:04 mins.]

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and What to Expect: The Early Weeks
[7:23 mins.] [Joseph Burgo, explains the psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy, in this 2nd of a multi-part series on psychotherapy; the idea that in psychotherapy there is an effort to make the unconscious conscious; passing reference to Transactional Analysis and Freud's structural view of the psyche (id, ego, superego)]

The Transference Begins
[10:56 mins.]

[5:57 mins.] [commentary on psychological defense mechanisms]

Reference (Psychotherapy & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Depression Treatments: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
[3:52 mins.]

Reference (Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis)

The Difference Between Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
[3:20 mins.]

Reference (Psychotherapy Vignettes)

Stephanie Law: Can Therapists Love their Clients?
[10:40 mins.]

Martin Hsia: Moments of Meaning
[16:29 mins.]

Joe Dilley: Moments of Meaning
[12:50 mins.]

Nina Gutin: A Shared Experience of Suicide Loss
[15:56 mins.]

Richard LaBrie: He Said, She Said
[16:20 mins.]

Stephen W. Simpson: A Therapist and His Friend
[10:28 mins.] [a Lexington, Kentucky connection]

Silvina Irwin: Moments of Meaning
[15:11 mins.] [couples therapy]

Reference (Evidence-Based Therapy: A Critique)

Where is the Evidence for Evidence-Based Therapy?
[56:54 mins.] [Jonathan Shedler]

Reference (Videos | Audio Presentations)

Margaret Coyle Explains Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
[4:10 mins.] [reference to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and the relation to psychodyanmic psychotherapy]]

Psychodynamic Theories of Personality
[8:48 mins.] [introduction to Freud's psychoanalytic theory; id, ego, superego]

Psychodynamic Humanistic Therapies
[5:10 mins.] [another introduction to Freud's psychoanalysis] [exploring the architecture of the unconscious]

Psychodynamic Initial Interview
[38:14 mins.] [Dr. Gerald Melchiode]

One Case, Two Formulations: Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Perspectives
[35:16 mins.] [ audio, with slides] [Dr. Giorgio Tasca presents a psychotherapy case. Dr. Joan Meitin provides a case formulation from a psychodynamic perspective. Dr. Jeanne Talbot provides a case formulation from a CBT perspective. University of Ottawa, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, April 23, 2013]

Psychodynamic Theory
[22:02 mins.] [focus on Freud]

Introduction to Psychodynamic Theory
[53:43 mins.] [audio lecture, Diane Gehart; various "schools" of psychotherapy; too much detail for the beginning student]

Psychodynamic Theory Debate
[46:19 mins.] [audio] [American Psychological Association, Montreal, Canada, 1988]

Psychodynamic Case Formulation
[46:15 mins.] [podcast; focus on Carl Rogers now well-known interview with a patient named Gloria] Carl Rogers and Gloria [45:40 mins.]

What is Psychodynamic Therapy?
[1:10:25 mins.]

Does Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Work?
[1:23 mins.] [Eric M. Plakun, Associate Medical Director & Director of Admissions, Austen Riggs Center]

John Slane Explains Group Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
[3:39 mins.]

Susie Orbach

Susie Orbach on Psychoanalysis
[38:14 mins.]

Susie Orbach on the Therapeutic Relationship
[1:58 mins.]

Reference (Critical Perspective)

Specialists Without Spirit; Sensualists without Heart: Psychotherapy as a Moral Endeavour
[53:20 mins.] [Farhad Dalal]

The Analytic and the Relational: Inquiring into Psychotherapy Practice
[1:01:16 mins.] [Farhad Dalal]

Web Resources

Psychodynamic Approach
Saul McLeod, Simply Psychology website

The Psychodynamic Perspective
Robert Bornstein, Adelphi University


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Deborah L. Cabaniss

Evidence in Support of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy


The Future of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Mauricio Cortina, 73 (1) Psychiatry 43 (2010)

Therapists’ Perspectives of the Effects of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy on Problem-
Drinking Behavior
Sandra M. Ryan, MSW Clinical Research Paper


That Was Then, This is Now: An Introduction to Contemporary Psychodynamic Therapy
Jonathan Shedler, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Deborah L. Cabaniss,, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2011

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