What happens in psychotherapy and when is it helpful? With twelve case reports covering the most frequent disorders requiring psychotherapy, the prominent psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and psychoanalyst Rainer Matthias Holm-Hadulla shows how success can be achieved with the flexible integration of different psychotherapeutic methods. The focus is on individuals in their social context, with their various biographies, life situations, and creative potentialities. The narratives revolve around an ‘ABCDE’ model and highlight the following aspects of modern psychotherapy: therapeutic alliance, behaviour change, cognitive reflection, psychodynamic analysis, and existential understanding.
Table of Contents
Introduction: existential creativity -- Twelve Exemplary Cases -- Stress reaction with anxiety and depression: a singer loses her voice -- Adjustment disorder: a medical student suffers from crippling jealousy -- Social anxiety: a business management student fails whenever things come to a head -- Anxiety and avoidance: a pianist is afraid to demonstrate her prowess -- Slight to moderate depression: a young woman doctor cannot explain why she feels so low -- Psychosomatic symptoms: a housewife in pain for decades -- Narcissistic personality traits: a law graduate sees no one but himself and despairs -- Histrionic personality traits: a student in search of constant thrills -- Impulse control disorder with Don Juan syndrome: an architect intends to shoot himself -- Severe depression plus burnout: a company employee is completely burnt out and sees no hope for himself -- Psychotic episodes: a musician seeks ecstasy and ends in chaos -- Borderline personality traits: long-term psychotherapy helps to understand feelings and relationships -- Conclusion: an integrative ABCDE model of psychotherapy