Psychodynamic psychotherapy for complex trauma: Targets, focus, applications and outcomes

Spermon, Deborah, Darlington, Yvonne and Gibney, Paul (2010) Psychodynamic psychotherapy for complex trauma: Targets, focus, applications and outcomes. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 3 119-127. doi:10.2147/PRBM.S10215

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Author Spermon, Deborah
Darlington, Yvonne
Gibney, Paul
Title Psychodynamic psychotherapy for complex trauma: Targets, focus, applications and outcomes
Journal name Psychology Research and Behavior Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1179-1578
Publication date 2010-12
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2147/PRBM.S10215
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 3
Start page 119
End page 127
Total pages 9
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Publisher Dove Medical Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Complex trauma describes that category of severe, chronic interpersonal trauma usually originating in the formative years of a child. In the adult, this can result in global dissociative difficulties across areas of cognitive, affective, somatic, and behavioral functions. Targeting this field of traumatic pathology, this article reviews the contributions and developments within one broad approach: psychodynamic theory and practice. Brief descriptions of aspects of analytical, Jungian, relational, object relations, and attachment therapeutic approaches are given, along with understandings of pathology and the formulation of therapeutic goals. Major practices within client sessions are canvassed and the issues of researching treatment outcomes are discussed.
© 2010 Spermon et al, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd.

Keyword Psychodynamic
Complex trauma
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