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What is Psychotherapy?
  • Treatment of emotional, behavioural or personality problems by psychological means.


  • Different techniques may be used to treat the problems.

Characteristics of all Psychotherapies
  • An intense, emotionally charged, confiding relationship with a helping person.


  • A rationale, which contains an explanation of the patient’s distress and of the methods for its release.


  • The provision of new information about the nature and origins of the patient’s problems and of ways of dealing with them.


  • Hope in the patient that he can expect help from the therapy.


  • An opportunity for experiences of success during the course of therapy and a consequent enhancement of the sense of mastery.


  • The facilitation of emotional arousal in the patient. (Jerome Frank 1971)

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Last updated March 2020

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