Chapter 33. Supportive Psychotherapy

Arnold Winston, M.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585625031.300992



Supportive psychotherapy is a broadly defined approach with wide applicability and is the most extensively practiced form of individual psychotherapy. In fact, research studies agree with clinical observations that supportive psychotherapy is effective for a broad range of conditions and may be as efficacious as expressive psychotherapy (Hellerstein et al. 1998; Winston and Winston 2002).

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