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Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes The Fear of Feeling Real by Richard A., MD Chefetz

Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes The Fear of Feeling Real


Part of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology Series


Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes The Fear of Feeling Real by Richard A., MD Chefetz

Extensive and detailed casework is the backbone of this meticulous in-the-trenches exploration of dissociative processes and their relation to affect theory, attachment, neurobiology and an emergent self-state dominated structure of mind. Building upon the theoretical and practical clinical perspectives in the first six chapters, and decidedly psychodynamic in its orientation, illustrations of the adjunctive use of hypnosis, EMDR and somatic experiencing are woven into the subsequent clinical material. Multi-chapter vignettes and verbatim transcripts show the reader how to work with challenging core issues in treatment of the dissociative disorders: clinical impasse, sexual addiction, negativity, negative therapeutic reaction, object-coercive doubting, and enactment.


I am knocked out by [this book]... [B]oth confirming and revelatory. [Rich's] contribution to understanding and treatment of this disorder is enormous, should be widely known, and hopefully have many ripple effects both in research and to clinical practice. Wonderful stuff. -- Pam Stavropoulos, PhD, Member of the Scientific Co Nothing short of a revelation. I've rarely encountered a psychiatric or psychoanalytic text that so well combines theoretical power with immediate clinical utility. -- Garrett Deckel, MD, PhD, Clinical Assistant Profes Richard Chefetz, arguably the most astute and sophisticated mind in the field of trauma and dissociation, accompanies his readers on a personal journey into the mind and consulting room of a master clinician, scientist, and educator. This book demonstrates why dissociation is mostly not about dissociate disorders. It is about how a mind struggles to cope with the intolerable and unbearable. As both a traumatologist and a psychodynamic clinician, Chefetz has built a bridge that explores the joint dissociative processes that take place as part of the patient/therapist relationship. -- Philip M. Bromberg, PhD, author, The Shad A master teacher on dissociative phenomena, Richard Chefetz integrates scientific sophistication with in-the-trenches clinical mastery. His eloquent writing-synthesizing theory and practice, mind and body, left- and right-brain processes, research and application, science and art-exemplifies the healing integration sought by every therapist familiar with dissociative disorders. I recommend it to anyone seriously interested in the treatment of fractured minds and defeated hearts.

-- Nancy McWilliams, PhD, Professor, Rutgers Universi Dr. Chefetz has written an engaging and reader-friendly introduction to the relational understanding and treatment of dissociative processes. More impressively still, he accomplishes these objectives with the flair of a master storyteller... incredibly useful for any mental health professional beginning to make his or her way into the often complex, overwhelming, and disconcerting study of dissociative processes. I recommend it highly. -- Richard P. Kluft, MD, PhD, authors of She An indispensable text for the clinician who works with trauma and dissociative disorders... Clinical vignettes provide the reader with an understanding that is 'from the inside out
of the patient

's experience and of the interactions of the clinical dyad... a must-read for anyone who feels that they haven't 'gotten'
dissociative phenomena.

-- Elizabeth Howell, PhD, author of The Diss With a wonderfully engaging style, Richard Chefetz instructs readers in the art of blending psychodynamic and affect theory with attachment, neurobiology, and trauma-related research in the treatment of severely dissociative patients. Clinicians, get ready to be inspired by the warmth, attunement, and clinical skill demonstrated in this book!

-- Bethany Brand, PhD, Principal Investigator, TOP DD

About the Author

Richard A. Chefetz, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, D.C. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (2002-3), and is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology. He is a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry, the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, and theWashington Center for Psychoanalysis.

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Publication date

6th April 2015


Richard A., MD Chefetz

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WW Norton & Co


496 pages





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