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A Review of Supportive Psychotherapy
Arnold Winston; Henry Pinsker; Leigh McCullough
Psychiatric Services 1986; doi:
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Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

1986 American Psychiatric Association

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Although supportive psychotberapy techniques are more widely used than expressive or insight-oriented techniques, particularly with hospitalized or chronically illpatients, supportive treatment strategies have been underrepresented in the literature and not adequately taught to therapists in training. The authors review the diverse definitions and goals of supportive therapy as related to two major types of objectives. They stress the distinction between the supportive relationship, which is present to some extent in all psychotherapy, and supportive treatment, and they examine the inverse relationship between expressive and supportive therapy. Finally, selected elements and techniques of the conduct of supportive therapy, such as style of communication, spect, praise, advice, self-disclosure, and interpretation, are discussed.

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