The 7 Principles Of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Jonathan Shedler Ph.D.
“The goal of therapy is for the person to be more whole, and to live their life more fully and freely.”
But… Shedler says, “Many up and coming practitioners have no clue about what really good therapy looks like and the next cohort of practitioners need real and meaningful psychotherapy.”
He goes on to say, “Therapy is more and more common in society, but meaningful therapy is provided by fewer and fewer. There are 2 modes of therapy – an instruction manualized approach and then there is the approach aimed at discovery and finding out ‘with you, a lived experience within the therapy, an emotional experience’.”
In this YouTube video, Jonathan Shedler Ph.D. talks about the 7 Principles of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
- What’s going on psychologically
- Focus on emotion
- Study the avoidance
- Identify themes
- Focus on development
- Focus on relationships
- Focus on the therapy relationship itself
You can read more about Jonathan Shedler’s work and research in The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in my article, Does Psychotherapy Work?
Jonathan Shedler, PhD is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), faculty member at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and Consulting Supervisor at California Pacific Medical Center. He is creator of the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP) for personality diagnosis and clinical case formulation, and co-author of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2).