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Supportive-Expressive Therapy

  1. Jacques P. Barber,
  2. Brian A. Sharpless

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0967

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Barber, J. P. and Sharpless, B. A. 2010. Supportive-Expressive Therapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of Pennsylvania

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The term “supportive-expressive psychoanalytic psychotherapy” (SET) was used originally to describe the open-ended, psychoanalytically oriented therapy conducted at the Menninger Foundation. One can trace SET's conceptual origins to Freud's technical papers and the works of several of his followers (e.g., Bibring, Fenichel, Stone). SET was formally manualized by Luborsky in the late 1970s (Luborsky, 1984) and has since that time been the focus of considerable research. This manualized version of SET is the focus of the present article.


  • psychodynamic therapy;
  • psychoanalysis;
  • empirically supported treatments;
  • time-limited psychotherapy