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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Systemic therapy - A Special Encounter

Joseph Rieforth

In psychodynamic psychotherapy and systemic therapy one can find common origin in psychoanalysis. In the course of time both practices developed their own methods and concepts and thereby differentiated more or less clearly from the classic psychoanalysis. This contribution is aimed to point the triadic development out. The first step is to separate both practices and second is to develop an autonomy that leads to the third innovative step. That is, synthesizing both which contains further development opportunities in the sense of an added value.

This is an overview about possible and fertile enhancements if both practices complement one another more intensively than before and under transparent rules. Thereby they mutually design psychotherapy based on scientific knowledge. It is not about superficial synthesizing of both models but about the encounter on eye­ level and it aims to broaden the psychotherapeutic workaday life. It demonstrates how both practices can develop new forms of cooperation by encountering each other without losing their autonomy and how both can compete thereby for a modern type of psychotherapy in a constructive way.

Psychotherapy Meets Africa
7th World Congress on Psychotherapy
25-29 August 2014, Durban, South Africa
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Joseph Rieforth

 Dr. Joseph Rieforth, Priv lecturer Center for Psychotherapy and Clinical Ambulance, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany. Dipl.-Psych., Psychol. Psychotherapist, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Scientific Director of psychotherapy departments and university outpatient clinic and counseling and conflict resolution.

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