In this book Wolf and Schwartz describe an approach to group therapy which they have developed out of a number of years' experience in applying psychoanalytic theory and practice to treating patients in groups. They start from the premise that a traditional psychoanalytic approach is the treatment of choice, but that the group offers certain advantages over the more usual two-person analytic situation. Their efforts to apply psychoanalytic procedures in groups have led them to the development of a particular therapeutic style and to the adoption of certain innovations. The latter include individual preparatory sessions, sometimes quite extended; alternate sessions in which the patients meet without the therapist; and the practice of temporarily removing patients from the group for individual sessions.
In their first paragraph the authors say "The techniques, employed in a group setting, emphasize dream interpretation, free association, the analysis of resistance, transference and counter-transference." More specifically, the