Mental-Imagery Methods in Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

  • Michael F. Hoyt


Short-term dynamic psychotherapy (STDP) involves the rapid identification and repeated interpretation of a patient’s focal dynamic conflict. Examples are given of how the mental imagery of patient and therapist can be used in each stage of STDP--selection, initial focusing, working through, termination, and post-therapy evaluation. Because of the potential power of imagery methods, it is emphasized that therapists use them within a coherent theoretical structure and that care be taken to help patients integrate experiences revealed through their mental imagery into their self-concept.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael F. Hoyt
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryKaiser-Permanente Medical CenterHaywardUSA
  2. 2.Langely Porter InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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