Washington DC psychologist, psychoanalyst, Dr. Lynn Friedman’s blog for her Johns Hopkins graduate students

Readings for beginning psychotherapists

In my last post, I suggested that you write to me and let me know what readings helped you to develop your clinical skills. Also, I said that I would share a few of my favorites. As many of you know, I am a psychoanalyst and, in addition to doing psychotherapy, I practice psychoanalysis. At the graduate level my training was cognitive-behavioral and family systems oriented. Also, I was fortunate enough to work very closely with a skilled Rogerian. I derived a great deal of value from each of these approaches and they ALL continue to inform my work today. Here are some of the readings that I most enjoyed as a graduate student:Of course anyone serious about psychoanalysis must begin to read Freud’s, 24 volumes.

However, a more gentle starting point might be some of Nancy McWilliam’s work such as: Case Formulation.

Also, her book on psychoanalytic diagnosis is good. Also, I have always enjoyed Shapiro’s book, Neurotic Styles.

In the Rogerian arena, I recommend:

The Therapeutic Relationship with Schizophrenics, University of Wisconsin, 1967, Rogers et a. Chapter 17, A Silent Young Man. You can find this by googling the title and it is actually published (again) on the web. However, for reasons that elude me, I could not copy the URL.

As a graduate student, I found this chapter to be the most helpful thing that I read! From it, I learned how to work with patients who do not talk.

For beginning family therapists, I’d recommend, Mastering Resistance: A Practical Guide to Family Therapy by Carol Anderson.

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