Chapter 7. Psychological Therapies with Older People

  1. Elspeth Stirling practising clinical psychologist

Published Online: 29 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470660089.ch7

Valuing Older People: Positive Psychological Practice

Valuing Older People: Positive Psychological Practice

How to Cite

Stirling, E. (2010) Psychological Therapies with Older People, in Valuing Older People: Positive Psychological Practice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470660089.ch7

Author Information

  1. National Health Service in the United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683354

Online ISBN: 9780470660089



  • psychological therapies with older people;
  • ageing of individual, process at interface of several systems - physical, social and psychological;
  • social role valorization (SRV) - recognizing beliefs in shaping responses and feelings;
  • ecological context of ageing;
  • Freud's ‘overuse’ of specific mental or physical energies - being life-shortening;
  • social and psychological consequences of mainstream longevity;
  • seven tasks helping people - in challenging distorted thinking about ageing;
  • negative stereotyping versus personal identity maintained;
  • negation of personal responsibility versus personal responsibility;
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) - construction and de-construction of self in later life


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Ecological Context of Ageing

  • The Social and Psychological Consequences of Mainstream Longevity

  • The Relevance of the Social Context of Ageing

  • The New Paradigm Gerontology

  • The Relevance of Proximity to Death

  • Common Distorted Beliefs About Human Ageing and Their Effect on Mental Health

  • The Seven Tasks: Helping People Challenge Distorted Thinking About Ageing

  • Eleven Tasks for Identifying and Treating Anxiety in Later Life

  • Core Issues Related to Depression and Thriving in Later Life