Brief but Comprehensive Psychotherapy: The Multimodal Way by K. R. MacKenzie, Arnold A. Lazarus

By K. R. MacKenzie, Arnold A. Lazarus

Rutgers collage, New Brunswick, NJ. Discusses the author's ideas for short psychotherapy. For clinicians.

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There are, of course, ways of arriving at facts other than through strictly objective and scientific inquiry. Intuitive, personal, relational, and aesthetic "truths" cannot be discounted. In discovering truth, any means will do. As Crews (1986) stated: "Scientific rigor properly enters the picture only when we try to ascertain whether purported laws of nature, however derived, merit our belief (p. 107). We must studiously avoid the circular process in which a theory bespeaks a clinical approach that leads to data collection, which tends to verify the theory and invites further clinical work, which supports the theory even more.

But those practitioners (and, regrettably, they are not few or far between) who impose rigid limits across the board will fail to help people who might otherwise have benefited from their ministrations. For example, one of my clients, a financially successful stockbroker who came for treatment because of an extreme penchant toward self-criticism and problems with self-confidence had worked with me for about 3 months and improved considerably. " In terms of response-couplets, clinicians have milliseconds to decide how best to react to most statements from clients.

975). MORE ABOUT BOUNDARIES Although the topic of boundaries in psychotherapy is not specific to brief or short-term therapy, it is nevertheless extremely important and can often interfere with the process of effective treatment, thereby undermining timely solutions in many situations. Specific boundaries have been proposed to protect patients from exploitation and any form of harassment and discrimination, and to emphasize the significance of respect, integrity, confidentiality, and informed consent (see American Psychologist, 1992, Vol 47, No.

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