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Cognitive-Behavioral vs. Short-Term Psychodynamic Therapies

Compare the similarities and differences between cognitive-behavioral and short-term psychodynamic therapies.

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1. Compare the similarities and differences between cognitive-behavioral and short-term psychodynamic therapies.

According to de Jonghe, Short Psychodynamic Supportive Psychotherapy involves three treatment phases. When dealing with depression, for example, in the initial stage the depressive complaints and their interpersonal context are attended to, psycho-education about depressive disorders is given, treatment aims are established, and a treatment proposal is made. The second phase works on the treatment aims that often relates to one of four interpersonal problem areas; mourning, strife, role transformation or isolation. The problem area(s) is discussed according to the different discourse levels, and if possible, a connection is made between the problems in this area and the internal relationships, Patients are also encouraged to experience their emotions and to reflect upon them in this stage, as well as encouraged to change their behavior and cognitions. The final phase emphasizes the treatment termination and possible related mourning (Driessen,, Schoevers, Cuijpers, van Aalst. et al. 2007).

Similarly, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on cognitions and behaviors; however, it differs in its focus as it does not focus on feelings or mourning, strike and role transformation or isolation themes. It is more focused on the here and now and changing thought and cognitions. If thoughts and behaviors are changed ...

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Cognitive-Behavioral vs. Short-Term Psychodynamic Therapies are evaluated in this solution. References are also provided to further validate the findings.

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