Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy: an historical perspective.

  title={Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy: an historical perspective.},
  author={Robert S. Wallerstein},
  journal={The International journal of psycho-analysis},
  volume={70 ( Pt 4)},
I have reviewed the historical unfolding of psychoanalytic (or dynamic) psychotherapy as a therapeutic application of psychoanalytic theory directed towards patients not considered appropriate for proper psychoanalysis. I have divided this history into three phases. The first phase that I call the prehistory of dynamic psychotherapy is the period of Freud's development of psychoanalysis as a distinctive therapy for mental illness and its clear differentiation from the varieties of suggestive… CONTINUE READING