Principles of psychotherapeutic strategy

H. Omer, N. Alon

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Following Goldfried's (1980) suggestion that strategies serve as unifying concepts for different psychotherapies, an attempt is made to define a corpus of strategic rules for choosing and defining goals, locating strategic points, actively searching for the client's responses, dealing with resistance, exploiting or creating propitious timings, mobilizing allies, concentrating the therapeutic influence, stabilizing partial achievements, dealing with competing demands, retreating after failure, and chaging the therapeutic framework when needed. Each principle is illustrated by interventions from different therapeutic orientations. It is proposed that the principles serve as the rudiments for a common psychotherapeutic language.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-289
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989


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