Introduction to Psychological Theories and Psychotherapy

Introduction to Psychological Theories and Psychotherapy

Andrew Koffmann and M. Grace Walters

Print publication date: Aug 2014

ISBN: 9780199917969

Publisher: Oxford University Press


This online resource on psychological theories and psychotherapy lays out a specific sequence for learning psychotherapy that emphasizes the fundamental importance of acquiring an appropriate foundational knowledge base in addition to learning the specific techniques of psychotherapies. It emphasizes the details of major treatment models as well as the theory and research findings that inform the field of psychotherapy in general via a specific learning sequence which helps to develop beginning competence as a psychotherapist. Psychoanalytic theory and behavior theory are each presented in historical context, with explanations and clear distinctions made among categories of each. These include classical psychoanalytic theory, ego psychology, object relations, the interpersonal school, intersubjective and relational approaches, learning theory (including classical and operant conditioning), cognitive theory, and mindfulness-based approaches.