Psychoanalytic case formulation

What kinds of questions do experienced therapists ask themselves when facing a new client? How can clinical expertise be taught? From the author of the landmark Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, this book takes clinicians step-by- step through developing an understanding of each client’s unique psychology and using this information to guide and inform treatment decisions. Interweaving illustrative case examples with theoretical insights and clinically significant research, chapters cover assessment of client temperament, developmental issues, defenses, affects, identifications, relational patterns, self-esteem needs, and pathogenic beliefs.

Penthos English Presentation

The purpose of this guide is to help parents and teachers support a child during loss. Using examples from daily life and step-by- step instructions the book explains the way children understand loss and death according to their age as well as appropriate ways to respond to common questions:

  • How do we explain a parent’s serious illness to a child?
  • Should children attend funerals?
  • How do we behave when a sibling is seriously ill?
  • How do we support a child witnessing a serious accident?
  • How do we support a child with cancer?
  • What do we tell a child when someone in the family commits suicide?

Teachers can also find useful material in this book pertaining to experiential activities to implement in the classroom as well as answers to questions:

  • What can a teacher do when one of the students is seriously ill?
  • How could school administration handle the death of a teacher or student?
  • Why do we need to be proactive and help children understand loss prior to experiencing it?

Psychoanalytic diagnosis

What kinds of questions do experienced therapists ask themselves when facing a new client? How can clinical expertise be taught? From the author of the landmark Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, this book takes clinicians step-by-step through developing an understanding of each client’s unique psychology and using this information to guide and inform treatment decisions. McWilliams shows that while seasoned practitioners rely upon established diagnostic categories for record-keeping and insurance purposes, their actual clinical concepts and practices reflect more inferential, subjective, and intuitive processes. Interweaving illustrative case examples with theoretical insights and clinically significant research, chapters cover assessment of client temperament, developmental issues, defenses, affects, identifications, relational patterns, self-esteem needs, and pathogenic beliefs.

Ethical issues in psychology

This book consists of original and translated articles regarding ethical problems in psychotherapy and counseling, psychological assessment, supervision, research, and teaching. It describes the most common problems encountered in daily practice in various professional settings. This book is addressed to  all mental health professionals and aims at promoting self-reflection and a deeper understanding of ethical issues.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy: A practitioner’s guide

Building on the enormous popularity of her two previous texts on diagnosis and case formulation, this important work from Nancy McWilliams completes the trilogy by addressing in detail the art and science of psychodynamic treatment. McWilliams distills the essential principles of clinical practice, including effective listening and talking; transference and countertransference; emotional safety; and an empathic, attuned attitude toward the patient. The author describes the values, assumptions, and clinical and research findings that guide the psychoanalytic enterprise, and shows how to integrate elements of other theoretical perspectives when necessary. She also discusses the phases of treatment and covers such neglected topics as educating the client about the therapeutic process, handling complex challenges to boundaries, and attending to self-care. Presenting complex clinical information in personal, nontechnical language enriched by in-depth clinical vignettes, this is an essential psychoanalytic work and training text for therapists.

Psychoanalytic case formulation (out of print)

What kinds of questions do experienced therapists ask themselves when facing a new client? How can clinical expertise be taught? From the author of the landmark Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, this book takes clinicians step-by-step through developing an understanding of each client’s unique psychology and using this information to guide and inform treatment decisions. McWilliams shows that while seasoned practitioners rely upon established diagnostic categories for record-keeping and insurance purposes, their actual clinical concepts and practices reflect more inferential, subjective, and intuitive processes. Interweaving illustrative case examples with theoretical insights and clinically significant research, chapters cover assessment of client temperament, developmental issues, defenses, affects, identifications, relational patterns, self-esteem needs, and pathogenic beliefs.

Ethical principles in psychotherapy

This book is out of print. A new revised and expanded edition, published by IPSY in 2008,  is titled “Ethical issues in psychology”.

Imagery and imagination in psychotherapy

Imagery and imagination present unique advantages in psychotherapy: the almost immediate mobilization of affects, the externalization and resolution of inner conflicts through symbolism and the transcendence of mundane reality. It is widely used in a number of therapeutic approaches such as art therapy, drama therapy etc.

In this book, specific approaches are presented which employ imagery as the principal method to induce therapeutic change. The theoretical part of this book explores the conditions that make change possible through imagery.