Child and Adolescent Anxiety Psychodynamic PsychotherapyA Treatment Manual

Child and Adolescent Anxiety Psychodynamic PsychotherapyA Treatment Manual

Sabina E. Preter, Theodore Shapiro, and Barbara Milrod

Print publication date: Jul 2018

ISBN: 9780190877712

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Child and adolescent anxiety psychodynamic psychotherapy (CAPP) is a new, manualized, tested, 24-session psychotherapy articulating psychodynamic treatment for youths with anxiety disorders. The book describes how clinicians intervene by collaboratively identifying the meanings of anxiety symptoms and maladaptive behaviors and communicating the emotional meanings of these symptoms to the child. The treatment is conducted from a developmental perspective, and the book contains clinical examples of how to approach youth of varying ages. The authors demonstrate that CAPP can help children and adolescents: • Reduce anxiety symptoms by developing an understanding of the emotional meanings of symptoms • Enhance the skill of reflection and self-observation of one’s own and others’ feelings and motivations (improvement in symptom-specific reflective functioning) • Diminish use of avoidance, dependence, and rigidity by recognizing how underlying emotions (e.g., guilt, shame, anger), as well as conflicted wishes can be tolerated and understood • Understand fantasies and personal emotional significance surrounding the anxiety symptoms to reduce symptoms’ magical, compelling qualities and impact on the child The manual provides a description of psychodynamic treatment principles and techniques and offers a guide to the opening, middle, and termination phases of this psychotherapy. The book contains chapters on the historical background of child psychodynamic psychotherapy, on developmental aspects of child psychotherapy, and on the nature of parent involvement in the treatment. This manual is intended to be used by clinicians from diverse therapy backgrounds, and it will appeal to the student reader as well as to the experienced clinician.