Supportive Psychotherapy


The article presents important information about the benefits of supportive psychotherapy for clients who are experiencing depression. It discusses how this type of therapy allows the client to explore feelings and thoughts that may be difficult to talk about with others, such as feeling hopeless or worthless, without judgment. The article also lists a number of other therapeutic techniques that can be used in conjunction with supportive psychotherapy which psychologists should consider when working with their clients.

What is Supportive Psychotherapy

A psychotherapeutic approach that incorporates multiple schools to offer clinical assistance is supportive psychotherapy. Which contains concepts such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal philosophical frameworks and strategies from therapy schools. In this article, we will give you some information about supportive psychotherapy.

What do psychologists use supportive psychotherapy for?

Psychologists use supportive psychotherapy to bring clients out of a state of mental illness – if that’s the diagnosis – and back to a stable, functioning level. The main benefit is being able to have a therapist without co-morbidity issues.

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Supportive psychotherapy is a type of psychotherapy that requires psychiatric diagnostic evaluation. So it’s for achieving a planned and specific goal of therapeutic interventions. It is also based on psychodynamic foundations. However, the psychotherapist who uses this type of therapy can be eclectic (holistic; also benefiting from other psychotherapy techniques) in terms of the intervention tools used by taking into account the needs of the patient. Today, supportive psychotherapy is the most common method among individual psychotherapies.

Objectives are to reduce or prevent the risk of recurrence of mental disorder, as well as repair, maintain and improve self-esteem, ego functions and adaptation skills; to help the individual cope with a current problem, even if it is not a mental disorder.

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The most common and most effective mental problems and diseases are:

  • Depressive disorder,
  • Phobic disorders,
  • Panic attacks and panic disorder,
  • Social phobia,
  • Psychological factors affecting the physical state (psychosomatic disorders),
  • Mourning process,
  • Crisis situations,
  • Suicide,
  • Marital problems,
  • Early stages of dementia,
  • Substance addiction,
  • Schizophrenia and also all personality disorders.

In addition, supportive psychotherapy is used during the terminal periods of some medical diseases such (AIDS, cancer, some neurological diseases), mental problems of patients with chronic medical diseases(asthma, diabetes, adaptation after transplantation), and after acute medical diseases (after a heart attack, spinal cord injuries)

Last Updated on November 13, 2021 by Lucas Berg

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