Beginning the treatment

Introduction

Key Concepts

The beginning of a psychodynamic psychotherapy is also called the induction phase. The important goals of this phase are:

-Discussing teatment recommendations and alternatives in order to obtain informed consent

–Setting goals for the treatment

–Setting the frame

–Establishing boundaries

–Developing a therapeutic alliance

During this phase, and throuhout the treatment, empathic listening and attention to the patient’s feelings about the therapist and the therapist’s feelings about the patient are essential tool for understanding the patient.

Setting things up clearly from the beginning

With most things in life, a good beginning is critical for the rest of the project. think about..

-writing an outline for a paper

-Gathering the best ingredients for a recipe

–Planning an itinerary for a trip

–Digging a foundation for a building

 

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