chapter  5
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Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Short-term interventions are not new. Some of the earliest ones were done by Freud, who treated the case of Dora in nine months.

However, as the analysts became progressively more enthusiastic, they began putting everybody on the couch and moved away from the (Kraepelinian) kind of psychiatry of the 1900s to the psychiatry of DSM-III-R in the 1990s. Many of these patients were psychotic and the analyses were going on and on for long periods of time. Finally in the 20's, two colleagues of Freud, Arthur Rank and Sandor Ferenczi, decided something had to be done to shorten the analysis.