This book takes clinicians step-by-step through developing an understanding of each client's unique psychology and using this information to guide and inform treatment decisions. McWilliams shows that while seasoned practitioners rely upon established diagnostic categories for record-keeping and insurance purposes, their actual clinical concepts and practices reflect more inferential, subjective, and intuitive processes. Chapters cover assessment of client temperament, developmental issues, defenses, affects, identifications, relational patterns, self-esteem needs, and pathogenic beliefs. The book's unique integration of illustrative case examples, theoretical insights, and clinically significant research makes it an indispensable guide for all mental health practitioners, regardless of primary theoretical orientation. It will also serve as a valued text for graduate-level students of clinical psychology and psychiatry and for trainees in psychoanalytic institutes.
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