This series looks at how PIT skills are used in practice. After an Introductory film looking at what the different approaches are you can see four extended role played sessions that bring out primary emotional themes.
They are not intended to be examples of “perfect” therapy- use them as a resource to familiarise yourself with the way narratives unfold and how PIT therapists can encourage this development of a conversation.
In the Introductory film you will see the cases introduced and a longer role play at the end with a brief summary of the skills.
For a fuller description of the different levels of skills there is a separate series called “The Minute Particulars” – three films dealing in depth with the three levels.
Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy: an introduction
The first film introduces the four “cases”, then summarises the different skills in PIT and at the end there is a longer role play about bringing it all together.
We start with a very powerful session of a young woman grieving for the loss of her young child.
Mary the therapist is working with Alex.
We hear how grief for this terrible loss of a child is blocked because she cannot bear to think of how this experience links with a key loss earlier in her life – the therapist is working with some almost unbearable feelings of loss.
Trigger warning: this session brings up powerful feelings of loss of a child!
Sometimes a person we are working with feels unbearably alone and cut off, and however hard the therapist tries it is difficult to feel connected.
The therapist here, Richard, is working with Eddie. The therapist is having to work incredibly hard to edge towards a shared understanding – but he feels blocked at every turn. He persists in trying to understand how stuck and alone this person feels and there are moments of conversation, but the main theme of the film is how anxiety can be so high that true conversation is difficult to achieve.
This film shows some deeply buried fears about losing control – expressed here as an eating problem. Sheena the therapist is working with Sam.
Sam is a pharmacist struggling with immense family expectations and terrified that the therapist may get close to knowing how eating is an overwhelming problem for her. The therapist is trying to stay with the distress Sam feels but is aware that she feels intense shame about sharing a hidden part of her life.
This film deals with feelings linked to the body. Simon is working with Chris- a woman who has felt unable to share her awful stomach pains with anyone without feeling completely on her own- this session looks at some tentative steps towards helping to make a link between the very real physical pain and her emotional pain.
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