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Waska, Robert T.

Overview
Works: 18 works in 122 publications in 1 language and 7,493 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Methods (Music) 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Robert T Waska
Love, hate, and knowledge : the Kleinian method and the future of psychoanalysis by Robert T Waska( )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in English and held by 1,430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book introduces the clinical concept of analytic contact. This is a term that describes the therapeutic method of investigation that makes up psychoanalytic treatment. The field has been in debate for decades regarding what constitutes psychoanalysis. This usually centers on theoretical ideals regarding analyzability, goals, or procedure and external criteria such as frequency or use of couch. Instead, the concept of analytic contact looks at what takes place with a patient in the clinical situation. Each chapter in this book follows a wide spectrum of cases and clinical situations where hard to reach patients are provided the best opportunity for health and healing through the establishment of analytic contact. This case material closely tracks each patient's phantasies, and transference mechanisms which work to either increase, oppose, embrace, or neutralize, analytic contact. In addition, the fundamental internal conflicts all patients struggle with between love, hate, and knowledge are represented by extensive case reports
Treating severe depressive and persecutory anxiety states : to transform the unbearable by Robert T Waska( )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in English and held by 1,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book serves two purposes. First, it provides the psychoanalyst or psychotherapist with a more flexible method of practicing psychoanalysis. This is the clinical approach of ""analytic contact"", a technical stance in which more patients can be reached in a deeper and more helpful manner. Analytic contact is an operationally robust Kleinian approach for the real world of private practice and targets the combination of internal and external factors there are consistently at play with all patients. The second aim of this book is to examine specific groups of patients that present unique chall
Moments of uncertainty in therapeutic practice : interpreting within the matrix of projective identification, countertransference, and enactment by Robert T Waska( )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of therapy's greatest challenges is the moment of transference, when a patient unconsciously transfers emotion or desire to a new and present object, in some cases the therapist. During the course of treatment, a patient's projections and the analyst's struggle to divert them can stress, distort, or contaminate the therapeutic relationship. It may lead to various forms of enactment, in which the therapist unconsciously colludes with the client in interpretation and treatment, or projective identification, in which the client imposes negative feelings and behaviors onto the therap
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy : a modern Kleinian approach by Robert T Waska( )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Managed care and psychoanalytic practice -- The workplace and paranoid anxiety -- The somatic retreat -- Mutilation, substance abuse, and the psychoanalytic method -- The symbolic object -- Triangulation -- Fear of hate and harm : less disturbed patients -- Fear of hate and harm : more disturbed patients
Klein in the trenches : working with disturbed patients by Robert T Waska( )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the theoretical and technical aspects of Modern Kleinian Therapy with borderline, narcissistic, and psychotic patients who are in great psychological conflict and who struggle to find stable footing in the relational world. These are th
Real people, real problems, real solutions : the Kleinian psychoanalytic approach with difficult patients by Robert T Waska( )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Real People, Real Problems, Real Solutions offers a clear introduction to psychoanalytic practice from a Kleinian perspective and shows how the modern Kleinian works with the most taxing of their patients." "Through its integrated blending of clinical and theoretical findings Real People, Real Problems, Real Solutions shows how the average psychoanalyst and psychotherapist face many difficult patients in a typical day's work."--
The modern Kleinian approach to psychoanalytic technique : clinical illustrations by Robert T Waska( )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Waska introduces a groundbreaking view of modern Kleinian psychoanalytic work applied to a wide spectrum of patients. The contemporary Kleinian approach of Analytic Contact redefines psychoanalytic psychotherapy as the treatment of choice for neurotic, borderline, and narcissistic patients with hope, change, and growth as a realistic goal
The total transference and the complete counter-transference : the Kleinian psychoanalytic approach with more disturbed patients by Robert T Waska( )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book takes the reader "into the trenches" with the author as he describes his psychoanalytic work with a variety of patients with difficult and complex conditions. The reader becomes familiar with the clinical and theoretical difficulties psychoanalysts encounter in their day to day practice with such patients, especially the counter-transference reactions so common with patients who rely on rigid defense systems. While presented from a Kleinian viewpoint, the book is written in a very inclusive and flexible manner that brings together a variety of analytic thought and provides easy access to the reader unfamiliar with Kleinian theory. The book provides a wealth of in-depth clinical material including severe personality disorders, chronic depressive conditions, pathological phantasies of grief and loss, and destructive states of narcissism. Each chapter provides a vivid look into the workings of psychoanalytic treatment in the context of the contemporary focus on understanding projective identification, enactment, acting out, and the careful and thoughtful interpretive working through of these complex clinical situations. Much of the book also addresses how to notice, learn from, and utilize these volatile moments. Indeed, once properly understood, what once was fertile ground for the analyst's acting out can become a bridge to better translating and interpreting the patient's core anxieties and providing a therapeutic experience of change and growth. This volume shows the therapeutic power the modern Kleinian approach can have with patients throughout the diagnostic spectrum. By attending to the interpersonal, transactional, and intra-psychic levels of transference, counter-transference and unconscious phantasy with consistent here-and-now and in-the-moment interpretation, the Kleinian method can be therapeutically successful with severely neurotic, borderline, and narcissistic patients. By making the goal of psychoanalytic treatment the gradual establishment of analyst contact, a broader range of patients can be helped and understood
Projective identification in the clinical setting : the Kleinian interpretation by Robert T Waska( )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How do Kleinians work with projective identification?The concept of projective identification, first introduced by Melanie Klein in 1946, has been widely studied by psychoanalysts of different persuasions. However, these explorations have neglected to show what Kleinians actually do with the projective identification phenomenon in their daily casework. Projective Identification in the Clinical Setting presents a detailed study of Kleinian literature, setting a background of understanding for the day-to-day analytic atmosphere in which projective identification takes p
The concept of analytic contact : the Kleinian approach to reaching the hard to reach patient by Robert T Waska( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Concept of Analytic Contact presents practitioners with new ways to assist the often severely disturbed patients that come to see them in both private and institutional settings. In this book Robert Waska outlines the use of psychoanalysis as a method of engagement that can be utilised with or without the addition of multiple weekly visits and the analytic couch. The chapters in this book follow a wide spectrum of cases and clinical situations where hard to reach patients are provided with the best opportunity for health and healing through the establishment of analytic contact. Divided in
The danger of change : the Kleinian approach with patients who experience progress as trauma by Robert T Waska( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Confusing clinical standoffs, loyalty to self-destruction and abrupt terminations are challenging and under-examined problems for the modern psychoanalytic practitioner. The Danger of Change is a timely book that addresses the so-called resistant patient so many clinicians are familiar with." "Robert Waska blends theory based on Melanie Klein's classical stance with the more contemporary Freudian/Kleinian school, to demonstrate how to understand patients that are resistant to progress." "Extensive and detailed clinical material is used to bring clarity to subjects including symbolism, conflict resolution, projective identification, the depressive and paranoid positions, change and trust." "The Danger of Change brings hope and clarity to cases involving patients who experience progress as a threat to their emotional well-being. It will be of great interest to all practising psychoanalysts, as well as those studying psychoanalytic theory and practice."--BOOK JACKET
Between unknown change and familiar retreat : psychotherapy technique for our most challenging patients by Robert T Waska( )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theme of Dr. Robert Waska's new book involves how all patients, whether neurotic, borderline, or psychotic, want their problems to ease and their stress to stop but unconsciously they avoid any real psychological change. They strive to maintain their psychic equilibrium regardless of how destructive it may be, in an effort to avoid the loss of what is known and to avoid the unknown pain or punishment that change might bring. Each chapter provides the reader with a contemporary Kleinian focus on central theoretical and clinical concepts such as projective identification, enactment, transference, pathological organizations, and depressive or paranoid acting out. The reader then is shown the careful and thoughtful interpretive work necessary in these complex clinical situations
A casebook of psychotherapy practice with challenging patients : a modern Kleinian approach by Robert T Waska( )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most contemporary psychoanalysts and psychotherapists see each patient once or twice a week at most. As many patients have reached a marked state of distress before seeking treatment, this gives the analyst a difficult task to accomplish in what is a limited amount of time. A Casebook of Psychotherapy Practice with Challenging Patients: A modern Kleinian approach sets out a model for working with quite significantly disturbed, distressed or resistant patients in a very limited time, which Robert Waska has termed 'Modern Kleinian Therapy'. Each chapter provides a vivid look into the moment-to-moment workings of a contemporary Kleinian focus on understanding projective identification, enactment, and acting out as well as the careful and thoughtful interpretive work necessary in these complex clinical situations. Individual psychotherapeutic work is represented throughout the book alongside instructive reports of psychoanalytic work with disturbed couples, and the more challenging patient is illustrated with several comprehensive reviews of films that follow such hard to reach individuals. A Casebook of Psychotherapy Practice with Challenging Patients: A modern Kleinian approach is filled with a combination of contemporary theory building, a wealth of clinical vignettes and practical advice. It is a hands-on guide for psychoanalysts and therapists who need to get to grips with complex psychoanalytic concepts in a short time and shows the therapeutic power the Modern Kleinian Therapy approach can have and how it can enable them to work most effectively with difficult patients"--
Primitive experiences of loss : working with the paranoid-schizoid patient by Robert T Waska( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Taking as his starting point Melanie Klein's concept of the paranoid-schizoid position, and succinctly reviewing subsequent developments within the Kleinian perspective, Robert T. Waska formulates a distinctive and subtle argument concentrated on the topic of primitive loss. It is Waska's conviction that the experience of loss has a primacy within the paranoid-schizoid position but that this has received insufficient and inadequate recognition, with significant implications for analytic technique.With this standpoint as his orienting focus, Waska provides a finely-textured and penetrating discussion of such issues as projective identification, symbolization, transference and counter transference. A thoughtful and perceptive examination of theoretical issues is buttressed with substantial illustrative case material throughout.Calling for further work to be done in refining and clarifying the understanding of loss, and its intrapsychic, interpersonal and technical ramifications, the present volume represents a significant contribution and stimulus to that task"--Provided by publisher
A practical casebook for time-limited psychoanalytic work : a modern Kleinian approach by Robert T Waska( )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern Kleinian Therapy is a model of effective psychoanalytic work that offers relief to deep internal conflicts by establishing and maintaining analytic contact, and beginning to unravel, modify, and heal turbulent and torn minds. This book defines Modern Kleinian Therapy as a modality for treating severely affected patients in a fairly traditional psychoanalytic manner, even when the environment or frequency of sessions are compromised. Chapter by chapter the book provides detailed clinical material to illustrate the complex dynamics that unfold when working with more close
Klein in the Trenches: Working with Disturbed Patients (Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies) by Robert T Waska( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy a modern Kleinian approach by Robert T Waska( Recording )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Working to Understand Our Role in the Patient's Mind: Countertransference and the Problems of Immersion( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Abstract To be fully helpful, in a way that respects both the internal and external needs and conflicts of our patients in analytic treatment, we must become immersed in their emotional perspective and have a feel for how they view and value themselves and their objects. Allowing ourselves to be carried into their inner phantasies and to be in touch with their strivings towards and away from love, hate, and knowledge is important in the analytic process. Countertransference is unavoidable but, if properly monitored and contained, it can provide a beneficial therapeutic device. However, when treating disturbed patients who draw us into more paranoid transference states or primitive depressive position conflicts, we are often involved in various degrees of enactment. Even then, the countertransference, if carefully studied, can help us rebalance ourselves therapeutically and start to better understand how the patient is using us in their internal world and why they need to or desire to organize their object relational world in such terms. We cannot help but be immersed within the patient's unconscious belief system but, by being aware of our thoughts and feelings and reactions, we can keep our head above the choppy countertransference waters enough to act out less and offer constant interpretations that are more informed and focused on the patient's unique and personal object relational conflicts and internal belief system. From an object relational, post‐Kleinian tradition, the author examines one case in depth. The patient consulted the analyst with concerns about her grown children and her perception of how damaged they were emotionally. The subsequent meetings involved intense transference and countertransference experiences that are explored. The author's approach builds on prior clinical understanding based on the Kleinian method (Waska, 2002, 2004, 2012, 2013)
 
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Treating severe depressive and persecutory anxiety states : to transform the unbearable
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Treating severe depressive and persecutory anxiety states : to transform the unbearablePsychoanalytic psychotherapy : a modern Kleinian approachReal people, real problems, real solutions : the Kleinian psychoanalytic approach with difficult patientsThe modern Kleinian approach to psychoanalytic technique : clinical illustrationsProjective identification in the clinical setting : the Kleinian interpretationThe concept of analytic contact : the Kleinian approach to reaching the hard to reach patientThe danger of change : the Kleinian approach with patients who experience progress as traumaPrimitive experiences of loss : working with the paranoid-schizoid patient
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Waska, Robert

Waska, Robert 1958-

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English (121)