Collaboration in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Article first published online: 26 JAN 2012
©2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 68, Issue 2, pages 136–145, February 2012
How to Cite
Wiseman, H., Tishby, O. and Barber, J. P. (2012), Collaboration in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. J. Clin. Psychol., 68: 136–145. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21834
- Issue published online: 26 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 26 JAN 2012
- The Israel Science Foundation. Grant Number: Grant No. 178/07
- psychodynamic psychotherapy;
- alliance, ruptures
The concept of the collaborative relationship between patient and therapist has its roots in the psychodynamic literature. We trace the concept of collaboration in psychodynamic psychotherapy from classical psychoanalysis to contemporary psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies. The active collaboration between the participants central to Bordin's pan-theoretical perspective on the alliance is highlighted. Developments in alliance-fostering techniques and in relational therapy offer the clinician innovative ways to enhance the collaboration and to repair strained or ruptured collaboration. A case study illustrates how the collaborative work in psychodynamic therapy serves as both a means of productive work and as an arena for exploring the evolving here-and-now matrix of the relationship.