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J Psychother Pract Res. 2000 Fall;9(4):173-89.

Basic strategies of dynamic supportive therapy.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta 30912-3800, USA.


Supportive therapy is the psychotherapeutic approach employed with the majority of mentally ill individuals. Nevertheless, most mental health professional training programs dedicate little time and effort to the teaching and learning of supportive therapy, and many mental health professionals are unable to clearly and concisely articulate the nature or process of supportive work. Although supportive therapy incorporates many specific techniques from a wide variety of psychotherapy schools, it can be conceptualized as consisting of a more limited number of underlying strategies. The fundamental strategies that underpin effective supportive therapy with mentally ill individuals are described.

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