An integrative psychotherapist's account of his focus when treating self-critical patients

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Abstract

This article presents the factors on which I focus as an integrative psychotherapist when treating self-critical patients. I first describe my personal version of psychotherapy integration. Drawing principally from Wachtel's cyclical psychodynamic model, I also incorporate existential and neurocognitive elements highlighting patients' future-oriented thinking and goal-directed action. I then relate this integrative model to the vexing clinical problem of self-criticism. Finally, I outline three types of interventions I attempt to implement in each session: (1) Multiple-Selves Analysis (MSA); (2) Behavioral Activation (BA), conceptualized integratively; and (3) use of therapist's presence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-325
Number of pages4
JournalPsychotherapy
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2013

Keywords

  • Behavioral activation
  • Multiple-selves analysis
  • Psychotherapy integration
  • Self-criticism
  • Therapeutic presence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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