Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.
Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
How to Cite
Bloch, S. 2010. Supportive Psychotherapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
The derivation of the word “support” illuminates the treatment under consideration: supportare: sup _ sub _ portare—to carry (Oxford English Dictionary, 1978). In essence, the therapist helps to sustain people who are so affected by a mental disorder or personality dysfunction that they depend on that assistance, over an extended period, to function adequately. Piper, Joyce, McCallum, Azim and Ogrodniczak (2002) put it this way: “supportive therapy is…principally focused on strengthening mental structures that are actively or chronically deficient…”
- supportive therapy;
- therapeutic relationship;
- therapeutic mechanisms;
- problems in therapy;