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The Bias Against Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Resistance in Psychotherapy: A Talk with Dr. Allan Abbass

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Allan Abbass, MD, professor of psychiatry and psychology and founding director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, talks about the bias against psychodynamic psychotherapy, how he became interested in resistance in psychotherapy and what he has learned, and his book Reaching Through Resistance: Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques, during a recent visit to Riggs to deliver a Grand Rounds presentation.

Dr. Allan Abbass Shares How He Became Interested in Resistance/Non-Responsiveness in Psychotherapy and What He has Learned

Dr. Allan Abbass Shares His Thoughts on the Bias Against Psychodynamic Therapy

Dr. Allan Abbass Talks About His Book “Reaching Through Resistance: Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques” and His Research

About Dr. Abbass

Allan Abbass, MD, is a professor of psychiatry and psychology and founding director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed his studies in medicine at Dalhousie University before a residency in family medicine at McGill University, and has worked as both a family physician and an emergency physician. He began training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) in 1990 and completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto in 1995, with the goal of teaching and conducting research in psychotherapy.

He is now a leading teacher and researcher in the area of ISTDP, having contributed more than 200 publications and, most recently, his first book, Reaching Through Resistance: Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques. He has been both a lead and co-investigator in research into ISTDP for treatment-resistant major depression and personality disorders. He has received a number of teaching awards, including a national teaching award in psychiatry and the Douglas Utting Prize for contributions to the treatment of depression. He has been honored with visiting professorships at various institutions, including, most recently, the Tavistock Institute in London.

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