Internet Editor’s Note: Psychotherapists Face-to-Face is a series presented by the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, Division 29 of the American Psychological Association, featuring leading psychotherapists in the field of psychotherapy. Each interview provides a revealing personal portrait of how the leaders in psychotherapy think, practice, and view the field.
Dr. Smith talks about her experiences working with Harry Harlow, her thoughts and approach to understanding psychopathology from an interpersonal perspective, the role and power of mental representations of caregivers and siblings, and what psychotherapy can learn from the natural sciences.
About Lorna Smith Benjamin, Ph.D.
Dr. Smith is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College in Ohio, and a Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. She developed the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB), a method to categorize personality disorders. Dr. Benjamin used its insights from SASB to develop Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT), which focuses on identifying the patterns underlying a patient's maladaptive behavior and guiding them toward the formation of new, healthier patterns.
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Magnavita, J. J. (Host). (2012, June). Psychotherapists Face-to-Face with Lorna Smith Benjamin, Ph.D. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.societyforpsychotherapy.org/psychotherapists-face-to-face-with-dr-lorna-smith-benjamin