Review of <em>Psychoanalytic theory and cultural competence in psychotherapy</em>.

Reviews the book, Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competence in Psychotherapy by Pratyusha Tummala-Narra (2016) (see record 2015-31286-000). In the introduction of this book, Tummala-Narra (2016) writes that it is “important to situate this book in its particular social, historical, and political context” (p. 3). This book offers a much-needed step forward in our psychoanalytic theorizing on race, gender, sexuality, and class, drawing on contemporary (specifically relational) psychoanalytic theory while at the same time playing with, subverting, and transforming it. As will be discussed, her use of theory at times appears to be a mere application of well-known concepts on issues of race, class, culture, only for her to surprise the reader by drawing on issues of race and difference to rethink and reconstruct traditional psychoanalytic precepts from the inside out. Tummala-Narra presents the most coherent, clinically relevant, and theoretically consistent model of cultural competence from a psychoanalytic perspective, one that is of value not only to psychoanalytic practitioners but also to nonpsychoanalytic clinicians interested in learning dynamic approaches to identity, power, and culture. This is enhanced in part by her ability to describe psychoanalytic, especially relational, ideas using clear language and detailed case vignettes. Hence, Tummala-Narra’s work can operate as a textbook for psychodynamically informed cultural competence and as a jumping-off point for dialogue between psychoanalysis, multicultural discourses, and other psychotherapeutic orientations. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)