Wish and Overgeneralization Model for Psychotherapy Integration

Merav Rabinovich, Lea Kacen

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This article introduces a clinical Wish and Overgeneralization (W&O) Model for dynamic, cognitive and narrative procedures, supported by a metasynthetic study linking cognitive overgeneralization and psychodynamic transference and determining it to be the antithesis of wish - a Luborsky (1988a) transference component. The model emphasizes symptoms and patient core themes: The therapist interprets the conflict between wish and overgeneralization, indicating how it confirms the overgeneralization and sabotages the wish. He helps the patient identify unique outcomes (White & Epston, 1990) for formulation of positive self-statements (Meichenbaum, 1994, 1985, 1977) and proposes an alternative narrative based on a coherent experience. This integrative therapy thus combines insight-oriented and coping strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-69
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Psychotherapy Integration
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2011


  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Transference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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