The Theory and Practice of Psychoanalytic Therapy:
Listening for the Subtext
By Siri Erika Gullestad and Bjørn Killingmo
Translated from Norwegian into English by Lene Auestad
Original title: Underteksten. Psykoanalytisk terapi i praksis. 2. utgave. Universitetsforlaget. Link to the Norwegian edition.
Routledge’s description: The Theory and Practice of Psychoanalytic Therapy: Listening for the Subtext outlines the core concepts that frame the reciprocal encounter between psychoanalytic therapist and patient, taking the reader into the psychoanalytic therapy room and giving detailed examples of how the interaction between patient and therapist takes place.
The book argues that the therapist must capture both nonverbal affects and unsymbolized experiences, proposing a distinction between structuralized and actualized affects, and covering key topics such as transference, countertransference and enactment. It emphasizes the unconscious meaning in the here-and-now, as well as the need for affirmation to support more classical styles of intervention. The book integrates object relational and structural perspectives, in a theoretical position called relational oriented character analysis. It argues the patient’s ways-of-being constitute relational strategies carrying implicit messages – a “subtext” – and provides detailed examples of how to capture this underlying dialogue.
Packed with detailed clinical examples and displaying a unique interplay between clinical observation and theory, this wide-ranging book will appeal to psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and clinical psychologists in practice and in training.
Preface to revised edition
Part I Theoretical foundation
Chapter 1 Key concepts
Chapter 2 Epistemological questions
Part II The Clinic
Chapter 3 A model
Chapter 4 The frame
Chapter 5 The psychoanalytic space
Chapter 6 Therapeutic listening
Chapter 7 The affective quality
Chapter 8 Egofunctioning
Chapter 9 Dynamics
Chapter 10 The analytic attitude
Chapter 11 The therapist’s interventions
Chapter 12 Clinical moves
Chapter 13 The end of the road
Chapter 14 On the curative
Chapter 15 On validation
About the authors:
Siri Erika Gullestad, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway, is a practising psychoanalyst and psychotherapist, and an experienced teacher and supervisor.
Bjørn Killingmo, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway, was a practising psychoanalyst and psychotherapist for many years, and an experienced teacher and supervisor.
Paperback: ISBN 9781138364356 Published October 3, 2019 by Routledge, 270 Pages
Hardback: ISBN 9781138364349 Published October 17, 2019 by Routledge, 270 Pages
E-Book: ISBN 9780429431425 Published September 20, 2019 by Routledge, 270 Pages