Introducing an interactive model to time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy

The underpinning argument presented in this book, is that time-limited psychotherapy for children and young people is not, and cannot be considered as a shorter or watered-down version of traditional child psychotherapy. Instead, time-limited psychotherapy views the problems presented by the child and young person as an opportunity to do the internal work as well as external work differently. By so doing, it provides an integrative approach that also encompasses the key people connected with the child and young person, particularly their parents, as well as significant others.

In order to be effective therefore, a psychodynamic time-limited approach to work with children and their parents must address the total field that surrounds the child and include as well where necessary other involved professionals. The clinical method and technique utilised in both seeing the presenting problem as the opportunity and engaging with the total field is discussed in subsequent chapters.

Finally, this book is not intended to be used as a manual, and no manualised programme is here being proposed. The primary aim of the book is to present an approach that attempts to refresh and recalibrate how we can think about and practise time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy with children, young people and their parents. The following chapter will refer to the history of time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy and its original pioneering focus on work with adults.

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