(Peer Response) PSY-609 Module 4 Discussion: Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy

Respond to the following peers by extending, refuting/correcting, or adding additional nuance to their posts (min 120 words for each peer). All replies must be constructive and use literature sources where possible.

Peer #1 Hopkins, Kawana K (min 120 words)

A case conceptualization is a method and cognitive framework for comprehending and elucidating the challenges that a client is currently facing and for directing the counseling process. Case conceptualizations give therapists a clear strategy for concentrating therapeutic treatments, such as the therapeutic relationship, to improve the possibility of reaching treatment objectives. The key components of time-limited dynamic psychotherapy are working with a developmental focus, going deep the second key component is transference and countertransference and the third key component is taking an attitude that offers a confining therapeutic. According to (Shefler, 2000), the therapeutic contract specifies the length and frequency of sessions which usually are 12 week sessions and can be established once the patient has accepted the fundamental issue.

The benefits of time limited dynamic psychotherapy are having issues to be sustained by a maladaptive, dynamic interactional system. The objective is to alter the client’s internal working models of self and other and to disrupt these transactional patterns. According to (Stephen Briggs,2011), the disadvantages of time-limited dynamic psychotherapy would be that it requires a longer-term commitment, relies on theoretical assumptions that are challenging to demonstrate, and can be uncomfortable because it involves learning about unconscious urges and actions. Time-limited therapy also produces specific deep concerns from some therapists regarding the setting of time-limits for children, such as providing a structured, constrained environment for managing risks and disturbances. These can obstruct the appropriate and potentially beneficial use of a time-limited approach.

A case where time-limited dynamic psychotherapy shouldnt be used is for clients who are experiencing a drug addiction. Time-limited dynamic psychotherapy this therapy has been shown to be helpful for persons with depression, anxiety, pain, and relationship problems. By providing patients with a deeper knowledge of their unconscious feelings, thoughts, and past experiences, this therapeutic technique enables patients to identify the root causes of their difficulties. When you are experiencing a drug addiction it will impair person’s capacity to control their use of drugs or medications, whether they are legal it has an impact on their brain and behavior.

Peer #2 James, Samantha (min 120 words)

The key components of time-limited dynamic psychotherapy revolve around a clients ability to emotionally relate to other people. According to Sperry and Sperry, this case conceptualization method is based on the clients cyclic maladaptive pattern of relating to others and how this pattern influences all aspects of the clients life functioning (2020). This type of case conceptualization is different from others because of its focus on how the client relates to others emotionally. This in turn changes the treatment goals, focus, strategies, and interventions. Treatment will focus on interpersonal relationships and the maladaptive behaviors impacting those relationships.

The benefits of this theory are that because it focuses on a clients patterns of relating to others, this type of therapy is ideal for people struggling with interpersonal relationships and social interactions. This allows people to experience target-focused therapy that helps them reach their treatment goals faster and with more success. A theory that focuses on a persons maladaptive patterns in relating to others allots more time per session to center on improving and altering these maladaptive behaviors and the impacts they have on the clients life. A drawback of this theory is that this model is based on the idea that a clients maladaptive behaviors are mimicked during therapy (Sperry & Sperry, 2020). However, if a client alters their behavior or responses during these sessions the practitioner will not be getting an accurate understanding of that clients social interactions with others and will be unable to provide proper treatment interventions.

This theory may not be appropriate for all situations, such as for a teenager experiencing severe anxiety after completing high school. This client is worried about what the future holds for them in terms of school and work opportunities. Having this client see a practitioner using the time-limited dynamic psychotherapy approach will not address these issues. If this client was worried about her social life moving forward in college or in a new work environment, then this model would be an effective strategy. Since that is not the case with this client, the time-limited dynamic psychotherapy model is not appropriate here.