How Does Grief Lead to Change? Understanding the Process of Change in Three Contemporary Psychotherapies
AbstractThere is an increased interest in emotions across the psychotherapy field, but a lack of theoretical work on how emotions are understood in different affect-oriented psychotherapies. In this article, we investigate the role of grief and grieving in three contemporary affect-oriented psychotherapies, that emphasize emotional processing as a pathway to change. Within Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), grieving is related to the development of acceptance and agency. Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) postulates that grieving without defenses enables recognition and acceptance of painful losses. In Compassi...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - January 5, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Brief Mindfulness Therapy and Mental Health in People Exposed to a Recent Stressful Event: A Study of Multiple Cases with Follow-Up
AbstractStressful events have important consequences for mental health, among the most frequent are posttraumatic and depressive symptoms. Brief mindfulness-based interventions are currently of great research interest as preventive interventions. In this sense, the objective of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of a four-sessions mindfulness program in reducing posttraumatic and depressive symptoms, in people that have been exposed to a recent stressful event. A mixed qualitative-quantitative design was used. Qualitatively, a phenomenological method was used. On the other hand, an A-B type intra-subject case ...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - January 4, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

How do Psychotherapists Develop a Case Conceptualisation? Thematic Analysis of Conceptual Maps
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to reconstruct the main ideas —universal but grounded in particular diagnostic experiences—used by psychotherapists during the case conceptualisation process. Authors focus on the process of diagnostic thinking expressed in graphic conceptual maps of a specific case. Two main questions were posed: (1) how do psychotherapists build patient understanding (a model of a patient)? (2) With what conceptual tools (categories, assumptions, ideas) do they think? The sample of fourteen conceptual maps from psychotherapists was used for the study presented here. The psychotherapists w...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - January 3, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Motivational Monitoring: How to Identify Ruptures and Impasses and Enhance Interpersonal Attunement
AbstractAttachment theory is useful, but per se it may not be sufficient to understand the complexity of human relationships. For this reason, we believe that there is the need to refer to a broader (evolutionary theory of motivation; Liotti, Psychoanal Inquiry 37(5):319 –331,2017) that considers normal functioning as the result of the harmonious activation of various motivational systems, each aimed at achieving an objective of high evolutionary value (adaptive for the individual, the social group, and the species). In this approach, pathology results from the disharmonious and dysfunctional activation of one or mor...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - January 3, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Cognitive-Behavioral and Existential Therapies for Marital Satisfaction in Women: A Comparative Investigation of the Efficacy, Stability and Mechanisms of Changes
AbstractDue to limited of comparative studies on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as an objective approach, and Existential Therapy (ET), as a subjective approach, on marital relationship, the current study investigates the efficacy of these two types of group psychotherapy on marital satisfaction in women. Hence, the main objects of this study are: comparative study on the efficacy of ET and CBT on marital satisfaction, stability of the intervention after 2 months, and assessing the mechanisms of changes. 16 eligible women who enrolled in the study were randomly assigned to ET or CBT groups. They were requested to fill...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - January 2, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Brief Strategic Treatment of Cardiophobia: A Clinical Case Study
This article presents a case of cardiophobia treated in an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation unit and, for the first time, describes the application of brief strategic therapy for the treatment of this condition. In the case reported, the first therapeutic encounter and the key elements of the strategic approach are described in detail with the aim to explain how brief strategic therapy works and how it can be used to identify and address cardiophobia-related behaviors. A 64-year-old male presented to cardiac rehabilitation reporting intense anxiety-provoking heart palpitations, and believing he was at risk of dying from a...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - November 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Effect of Mindfulness, Psychological Flexibility, and Emotional Intelligence on Self-Efficacy and Functional Outcomes Among Chronic Pain Clients
This study investigated whether better functional outcomes (physical and psychosocial daily functioning) and greater self-efficacy among persons with chronic pain is associated with mindfulness, psychological flexibility, and emotional intelligence (N = 148). Two multiple regression analyses, each controlling for demographic factors, indicated that psychological flexibility predicted both daily functioning and self-efficacy, and emotional intelligence predicted self-efficacy among chronic pain clients. Mental health benefits of psychological flexibility and emotional intelligence can therefore potentially be us...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - November 21, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Descriptions and Reflections on the Cognitive Apprenticeship Model of Psychotherapy Training & amp; Supervision
AbstractThis paper offers a detailed description of a Cognitive Apprenticeship Model for psychotherapy training and supervision. This form of training has been utilized in a novel psychotherapy training program developed for psychiatric trainees, enrolled in a specialized psychotherapy scholars track, embedded in an adult psychiatric residency training program. The paper offers new elaborations of the model, reflections on the apprenticeship supervision and implementation, and clinical lessons learned. The four dimensions of this model include: (1) acquisition of psychotherapy content knowledge; (2) an application of the C...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - November 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

From Pandemic to Progression: An Educational Framework for the Implementation of Virtual Mental Healthcare for Children and Youth as a Response to COVID-19
AbstractCOVID-19 restrictions have necessitated child/youth mental health providers to shift towards virtually delivering services to patients ’ homes rather than hospitals and community mental health clinics. There is scant guidance available for clinicians on how to address unique considerations for the virtual mental healthcare of children and youth as clinicians rapidly shift their practices away from in-person care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we bridge this gap by discussing a six-pillar framework developed at Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, fo...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - October 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Pilot Study of a Treatment Using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills for Adults with Overweight/Obesity and Emotional Eating
AbstractThe current study was a preliminary investigation of Live FREE, a pilot study of a treatment that included a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and behavioral weight loss techniques for overweight/obese adult emotional eaters. Live FREE was based on the premise that impaired emotion regulation skills promote emotional eating behavior and lead to weight gain. Consistent with the ORBIT model of behavioral treatment development, the primary study aim was to refine the treatment protocol. Adults with overweight/obesity (n  = 10) who self-identified as emotional eaters were enrolled in Liv...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - October 13, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Helping Clients Victimized by Intimate Partners Through Stages of Change: An Emotion-Focused Approach
AbstractIntimate partner violence results in extensive negative mental health outcomes including depression, posttraumatic stress, and anxiety. Moreover, victimized partners who experience cumulative episodes of abuse over time can also present severe affect dysregulation and interpersonal difficulties. Preliminary evidence for existing psychological treatments shows that these are globally effective on a symptomatic level and in reducing revictimization. Nonetheless, systematic reviews show high attrition rates and suggest that future interventions need to address a wider range of emotional difficulties and contextual cha...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - September 30, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Maintaining the Therapeutic Alliance When Reporting Child Maltreatment: Recommendations for Mental Health Clinicians
AbstractChild maltreatment is a significant public health issue often resulting in long-term physical and mental health difficulties among the affected youth. The first steps in promoting child safety require the accurate identification and prompt reporting of suspected child maltreatment. However, mandated reporters, including mental health clinicians, often struggle to know how to identify and when to report child maltreatment, especially due to concerns that a report will disrupt or end the therapeutic alliance, a core component of the therapeutic process that is strongly related to successful psychotherapy outcomes. To...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - September 29, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Examining DBT Day Treatment in Treating Mood Dysregulation Expectancy and Anxiety in Women Diagnosed with Eating Disorders
AbstractEating disorders (EDs), particularly anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN), are characterized by emotional and behavioral disturbances in eating patterns and body image that result in significant distress and functional impairment (as reported by APA, (APA dictionary of psychology, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 2015)). Ben-Porath and colleagues (Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy 40:115-123, 2010) have researched the effectiveness of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) day treatment program in reducing negative mood regulation and anxiety among women diagnosed with AN, BN, and eat...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - September 27, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

A Review of Empirical Studies Investigating Narrative, Emotion and Meaning-Making Modes and Client Process Markers in Psychotherapy
The objective  is to review the studies about client narrative and narrative-emotional processes in psychotherapy that used the Narrative Process Coding System or the Narrative-Emotion Process Coding System (1.0 and 2.0). To identify the studies, we searched The Book Collection, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOK S, PEP Archive, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, Academic Search Complete and the Web of Knowledge databases. We found 27 empirical studies using one of the three coding systems. The studies applied the Narrative Process Coding System and the Narrative-Emotion Process Coding System to differe...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - September 17, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

David A. Clark: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD and Its Subtypes: Second Edition
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Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - September 10, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Effects of Drug Camp in Treatment of Methamphetamine Use with a New Behavioral Change Model: A Quasi-Experimental Study
This study explored the drug camp’s effects by comparing a drug camp model, developed based on 12-Step, cognitive–behavioral theory, and group psychotherapy theory with one that currently has been used in drug camps in T hailand. One drug camp in Nakhon Ratchasima was selected as an area of study. Drug attendants who lived in Khong district were assigned into a 12-Step group, which used the new model (n = 35). Meanwhile, other attendants who lived in other districts in Nakhon Ratchasima were assigned into a treatment-as-usual group (n = 57). Methamphetamine use behavior was assessed ...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - August 30, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Curriculum-Based Animal-Assisted Therapy in an Acute Outpatient Mental Health Setting
This study examined the utility of this manualized curriculum as a supplemental component of a pediatric intensive behavioral health treatment program for children with a range of psychiatric conditions. Patients, psychiatrists, and caregivers completed assessments o f children’s (N = 22) symptoms before and after treatment, with analyses investigating the difference in symptoms for patients who received animal-assisted therapy (AAT) as a part of their treatment and patients who did not. Patients also completed mood scores before and after group sessions w ith and without a therapy dog present. Results ...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - August 11, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Exploratory Study of Common Changes in Client Behaviors Following Routine Psychotherapy: Does Psychological Flexibility Typically Change and Predict Outcomes?
This study explored the degree to which aspects of clients’ psychological flexibility, specifically acceptance-and-mindfulness and commitment-and-behavioral activation, changed after episodes of routine psychotherapy and were predictors of outcome changes for a clinically heterogeneous sample (n = 197) in a naturalistic treatment setting. Results showed statistically significant and small improvements in acceptance-and-mindfulness (d = 0.22) and commitment-and-behavioral activation (d = 0.24) and that changes in psychological flexibility were significant predictors of changes...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - July 29, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

People Engaging Each Other: A Dual-Perspective Study of Interpersonal Processes in Useful Therapy
AbstractTo explore how clients and therapists experience and engage in a therapeutic relationship which the client can make use of. We explored 11 psychotherapy dyads using in-depth qualitative methods. Selected dyads were ones in which the client experienced the therapy as useful. The data collection method was serial interviews with both therapists and clients. Therapists and clients were interviewed separately, four and two times, respectively, about their personal development, their views on and experiences with therapy, and their collaboration in the concrete therapeutic dyad. Transcripts of interviews were analyzed u...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - July 28, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

CBT-Informed Interventions for Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
AbstractEssential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic face heightened levels of anxiety and depression due to increased work demands, lack of adequate personal protective equipment, fear of contracting the virus, and fear of spreading it to loved ones. This is a time of urgent need for mental health support for workers affected by the pandemic crisis. Clinicians may employ empirically supported interventions derived from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and related therapies. Psychological First Aid, an evidence-based crisis intervention, may be utilized to emphasize basic needs and support, but is intended as an acute ...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - July 17, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Containing the Anxieties of Children, Parents and Families from a Distance During the Coronavirus Pandemic
AbstractThe coronavirus pandemic and the move to teletherapy has created uncertainty among both clinicians and patients. As therapists who work with children, we have heard from parents who are desperate for support and advice about how to respond to their children ’s behavioral changes, as well as those who feel too overwhelmed to continue their children’s sessions at the moment and want to take a break from treatment. We have had to rethink the frame in concrete ways, reimagine how to play, and renegotiate parameters around confidentiality. At a time whe n fear and uncertainty make mentalizing difficult, the ...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - July 13, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Fidgeting Behavior During Psychotherapy: Hand Movement Structure Contains Information About Depressive Symptoms
AbstractFidgeting may be a motor sign reflecting self-regulation processes in patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD) and depressive patients. Since SAD co-occurs with comorbid depression, the question arises whether fidgeting is a disorder-unspecific phenomenon or a specific and therefore diagnostically relevant sign of depression. 33 SAD patients with (n  = 12) and without (n = 21) depression from the Social Phobia Psychotherapy Research Network project were compared regarding their nonverbal behavior. Four video sequences of a psychotherapy session with each patient were analyzed using a ...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - July 6, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

What is Morita Therapy? The Nature, Origins, and Cross-Cultural Application of a Unique Japanese Psychotherapy
AbstractMorita Therapy is a Japanese psychotherapy which contrasts with established Western approaches in teaching, through behavioural experience, that symptoms are part of the natural ecology of human experience. Morita Therapy has received increasing international interest over the decades, and the first randomized controlled trial of Morita Therapy to be published outside of China has recently demonstrated the promise of the approach in treating Western patients. To respond to the resulting interest in Morita Therapy from patients and practitioners, and facilitate further Morita Therapy research, it is necessary to pro...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - July 6, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Nature and Treatment of Pandemic-Related Psychological Distress
AbstractThe COVID-19 crisis has created a “mental health pandemic” throughout the world. Scientific data are not available to fully understand the nature of the resulting mental health impact given the very recent onset of the pandemic, nevertheless, there is a need to act immediately to develop psychotherapeutic strategies that may all eviate pandemic-related distress. The psychological distress, in particular fear and sadness, is a function of the pandemic’s negative impact upon people’s ability to meet their most basic needs (e.g., physical safety, financial security, social connection, participa...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - June 26, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Study of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Versus Cognitive Behavior Therapy on Emotion Regulation and Mindfulness in Patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder
AbstractAlthough the effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) has not been addressed to date, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is the gold-standard psychotherapy for GAD patients. The present study investigated effects of DBT versus CBT on emotion regulation and mindfulness in GAD patients. Conducted in Iran, 68 GAD patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups: CBT or DBT. Assessment was performed at pre-treatment, post-treatment, and at 3  months follow-up. Evaluation included the Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale (GAD-7), Structured Clinical ...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - June 15, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Becoming “Teletherapeutic”: Harnessing Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for Challenges of the Covid-19 Era
AbstractThe covid-19 pandemic raises substantial challenges for the practice of psychotherapy. The rapid changes in the personal experiences of both clients and therapists, and the required adaptations in the therapeutic setting, affect the therapeutic relationship and its process. We examine common challenges observed through supervision of therapists and peer group discussions, viewing them in light of reports of previous collective traumatic events. Consequently, we introduce major premises and techniques borrowed from Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy as they may apply to teletherapy. These interventions a...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - June 14, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Psychological Intervention and COVID-19: What We Know So Far and What We Can Do
AbstractThe coronavirus COVID-19 and the global pandemic has already had a substantial disruptive impact on society, posing major challenges to the provision of mental health services in a time of crisis, and carrying the spectre of an increased burden to mental health, both in terms of existing psychiatric disorder, and emerging psychological distress from the pandemic. In this paper we provide a framework for understanding the key challenges for psychologically informed mental health care during and beyond the pandemic. We identify three groups that can benefit from psychological approaches to mental health, and/or inter...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - May 26, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Roll Out the Red Carpet: The 3rd Annual Awards for the Most Valuable Contributions to Psychotherapy
AbstractEvery spring, media coverage emphasizes the"award season", highlighting contributions made by musicians, actors, and professional athletes. Unfortunately, psychologists are not included in these gala celebrations. It seems appropriate to take time to praise the hard work and dedication that is required to publish in an academic journal. The present article summarizes the results from the 3rd annual psychotherapy award program designed to highlight the valuable contributions made in eleven different categories. A total of 81 academic journals were reviewed for their articles published during 2019, and 150 ...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - May 19, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Comprehensive Treatment of Depression: As Simple as the A-B-C ’S
AbstractThe treatment of depression can become complicated because of the mix of symptoms and the range of interventions that are available. Furthermore, treatment works best when adapted to the unique needs of each client. A simple A-B-C ’S framework can help therapists address several key domains that are relevant to the treatment of most depressed clients.Acceptance refers to the process whereby a therapist helps clients to understand and accept their emotional reactions, learning how to express negative emotions in a more constructive manner.Behavioral activation involves the use of structured activities to help ...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - April 14, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Susan M. Pollak: Self-Compassion for Parents: Nurture Your Child by Caring for Yourself
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Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - April 7, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Capacity to End: Termination of Mentalization-Based Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder
AbstractTerminating a therapeutic relationship can be a challenging phase with patients suffering from borderline personality disorder. Despite the critical importance of the termination phase, the proportion of psychotherapy literature devoted to the demands and challenges of this phase is small. This paper describes a mentalization-based approach to detect and intervene against such challenges. It is proposed that termination challenges, while operating through overlapping and interactive mechanisms, can be attributed to (1) patient factors, (2) therapist factors, and (3) therapeutic relationship factors. The paper has c...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - March 15, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Review of Exposure Therapy for Anxiety: Principles and Practice, Second Edition
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Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - March 8, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy in Group for Personality Disorders: Preliminary Results from a Pilot Study in a Public Mental Health Setting
AbstractTo build the evidence for a randomized controlled trial, a pilot study was conducted to investigate the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of a group-psychotherapy based on Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy (MIT-G) for patients with personality disorders (PDs). Ten outpatients with PD diagnoses were offered 16 sessions of MIT-G delivered in group format. Effect sizes were calculated for changes from baseline to treatment end for clinical symptoms, interpersonal difficulties, and metacognition. Nine patients finished the full treatment protocol with nonsignificant large effect sizes obtained for change i...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - February 26, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Psychotherapy Trainee Humility and Its Impact: Conceptual and Practical Considerations
AbstractHumility has been increasingly recognized and elaborated upon as a critical variable for effective therapeutic practice and training. But all considerations thus far have focused virtually exclusively on supervisor or therapist humility, the psychotherapy trainee ’s humility going unexamined. What role might humility play in the trainee’s own therapist development process and treatment functioning? Furthermore, what implications might trainee humility have for the supervisory relationship? Those questions are considered subsequently. We examine the role of trainee humility in both the treatment and supe...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - February 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Schizophrenia: Psychoanalytical Explorations of the Metacognitive Movement
AbstractMetacognition refers to the set of activities which allow persons to have a sense of oneself and of others available to them within the flow of daily experience. These activities range from awareness of discrete aspects of experience to their synthesis into larger, more complex ideas. Following research documenting the existence and influence of metacognitive deficits in schizophrenia, psychotherapeutic frameworks have emerged aiming to improve metacognition in this group. Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy (MERIT) is one such integrative psychotherapy framework. Therapeutic targets and principles of MERI...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - January 17, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

A Qualitative Meta-analytic Review of the Therapist Responsiveness Literature: Guidelines for Practice and Training
AbstractPsychotherapy researchers have developed a body of research on the construct of therapist responsiveness. This literature seeks a clearer picture of how therapists adapt their relational and intervention strategies to their individual clients. The goal of this review was to summarize this literature and generate clinical recommendations. We used the PsycINFO database to identify theoretical papers, case studies, quantitative research, and qualitative research focused upon therapist responsiveness. After exclusion criteria were applied, 75 articles were included in the final thematic analysis. A thematic analysis or...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - January 16, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Mentalization and Psychosis: A Rationale for the Use of Mentalization Theory to Understand and Treat Non-affective Psychotic Disorder
AbstractSocial functioning can be severely impaired in non-affective psychotic disorder (NAPD). Current models of psychosis pathogenesis do not tend to focus on social dysfunction and pharmacological treatment fails to ameliorate it. In this article, we propose that mentalization theory provides a valuable contribution to the understanding and treatment of NAPD. Impaired mentalizing may contribute to both positive and negatives symptoms as well as social dysfunction observed in NAPD. Furthermore, impaired mentalizing may help explain the relation between childhood abuse, insecure attachment and psychosis. Mentalization bas...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - January 15, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills and Behavioral Weight Loss for Emotional Eating and Obesity: A Case Study
AbstractLive FREE is a 16-week group intervention for adults with emotional eating and obesity that combines Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills (sessions 1 –9) with standard behavioral weight loss strategies (sessions 10–16). Traditionally, behavioral weight management programs yield inconsistent outcomes, particularly for emotional eaters. Live FREE is predicated on the premise that improved emotion regulation will facilitate greater success in ad opting weight management techniques among emotional eaters. Outcomes are presented with a case study of Amy, a woman who completed Live FREE. Amy reported a history...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - January 13, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Imagery Rescripting and Exposure in Social Anxiety: A Randomized Trial Comparing Treatment Techniques
AbstractThis randomized trial compared the effects of imagery rescripting against in vivo exposure administered separately during a single session with 27 socially anxious individuals. Previous research shows that imagery rescripting is a promising treatment technique for various disorders including social anxiety, although imagery rescripting and exposure for social anxiety have not yet been compared. Social anxiety self-report measures (LSAS-SR and BFNE-II); the distress, vividness, and frequency of fear images (i.e., Imagery condition); and the levels of anxiety, avoidance, and the strength of convictions of a feared so...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - December 20, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Young Women Treating Men with Borderline Personality Disorder: A Challenge for Psychotherapy Integration
AbstractYoung female therapists may struggle with treating heterosexual men who adhere to traditional masculine role norms. This challenge is exacerbated when these men present with borderline personality disorder. Certain evidence-based therapeutic interventions such as irreverent humor, confrontation, and teaching mentalization may require female therapists to violate typical female gender role expectations, which could be intimidating for some women. The authors use a clinical case study to demonstrate ways in which a young female therapist confronts her client ’s devaluing behaviors while working through her conf...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - December 10, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Early Maladaptive Schemas and Cognitive Fusion on the Regulation of Psychological Needs
AbstractPrevious research had associated early maladaptive schemas, cognitive fusion and psychological needs. However, a deeper understanding of these relationships is needed regarding mediational effects of schemas on psychological needs and symptomatology. We aimed to explore the relationships between schema domains, cognitive fusion, psychological needs and symptoms.  Therefore a clinical sample composed of 58 individuals with psychiatric diagnosis, who filled self-reported questionnaires was reanalyzed on a cross-sectional design. Medium to strong correlations between schema domains and dialectical polarities of p...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - December 6, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Relationships Between Categories: The Context of the Symptom in Practice
AbstractThe current paper introduces a clinical method for experience-near interpretation of transference patterns taking place in the symptom context. This research is a qualitative metasynthetic study. The method of Luborsky ’s Core Conflictual Relationship Themes was conducted here on 33 transference case studies published in peer-reviewed journals and sourced from an appropriate database. Case components were categorized and relationships between them were analyzed using the method of Relationship Between Categories . We found that transferential components observed in the context of the symptom were a powerful s...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - November 27, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Peggilee Wupperman: Treating Impulsive, Addictive, and Self-Destructive Behaviors: Mindfulness and Modification Therapy
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Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - November 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Enhancing Empathy in Emotion-Focused Group Therapy for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Case Conceptualization Model for Interpersonal Rupture and Repair
AbstractAdolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are vulnerable to trauma-related experiences due to difficulties in emotion recognition, including recognising their own and others ’ emotions, leading to interpersonal conflict and problems in making and maintaining friendships. There are limited intervention methodologies of how to work with interpersonal conflict and relational repair. This paper presents, for the first time, a case conceptualization model of relational rup ture and repair as a clinical strategy to guide therapists working therapeutically with clients with ASD. The model is constructed from a...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - October 15, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Effects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy on Executive Functions, Emotion Regulation, and Mindfulness in Bipolar Disorder
AbstractBipolar disorder (BD) is a debilitating psychiatric disorder characterized by recurrent depression, manic, and hypomanic episodes. Patients with BD are also likely to experience difficulties with executive functions and emotion regulation. The literature review states that little research has been done on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for BD, and there has not been an examination of this therapy on BD patients ’ executive functions and emotion regulation. The present study addresses this absence of research with a pilot study on 60 BD patients. Participants in the intervention group received twelve 90-mi...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - October 7, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

50 Years of Psychotherapy: Erudition, Evolution, and Evaluation
AbstractThe field of psychotherapy has evolved tremendously over the last 50  years. In coordination with the publication of volume 50 of theJournal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, a historical review examines changes in the field. Most published articles have shifted their foundation from theoretical notions based on clinical case material to empirical studies based on treatment-outcome research. Along with these changes, the field has strengthened its scientific foundation, but weakened its clinical application. Overall, a historical review of the past 50  years results in a state of eudaimonia, the feeling of a...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - September 26, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Emotion-Focused Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Women with Breast Cancer
AbstractEmerging evidence supports the efficacy of transdiagnostic approaches in the treatment of comorbid conditions. Given that both depression and anxiety disorders have been consistently noted as the most common psychological presentation across site and stage of illness in patients with cancer, psycho-oncology as a specialty may benefit from approaches that implement transdiagnostic approaches to treatment. This paper presents an adaptation of emotion-focused therapy for comorbid anxiety and depression in women with breast cancer. The described approach outlines how the chronic problematic emotion schemes are triggere...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - August 29, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

An Examination of Hope, Symptom Severity, and Functioning Among Combat Veterans After Participation in an Intensive Outpatient Program for PTSD
AbstractImpairment in psychosocial functioning complicates readjustment to civilian life for many combat veterans with PTSD and is related to poorer quality of life. Hope theory posits that both a sense of agency and the ability to identify pathways toward achieving a goal underlie the process of behavior change. We developed an intensive outpatient program (the HOME program) in order to help combat veterans move toward values-driven activities and improve psychosocial functioning. We hypothesized that increased hope regarding veterans ’ ability to manage and recover from PTSD symptoms may facilitate improvements in ...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - August 21, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Misophonia, Maladaptive Schemas and Personality Disorders: A Report of Three Cases
AbstractMisophonia is a chronic condition in which specific sounds cause intense negative emotions and autonomic arousal. Misophonia is considered a psychological disorder without any relationship with specific alterations of hearing receptors and independent from physical characteristics of the sound. Moreover if misophonia can be defined as a specific psychiatric disorder or a correlate of other conditions is still under debate. The patients were two women and one man. In this case series we first identified the presence of triggers sounds inducing misophonia as reported during the psychotherapy sessions. At a qualitativ...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - August 7, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Depressive Symptoms in Patients with Narcissistic Disturbances: A Review
AbstractThis review sought to outline the common complicating and facilitating factors during treatment of depressive symptoms in patients with narcissistic pathology, including various specific treatment approaches. A systematic literature search was performed to identify literature describing the co-occurrence of depressive symptoms and narcissistic pathology along with psychotherapeutic considerations and methods used to treat depressive symptoms in such patients. Theory and research suggest that depressive symptoms often co-occur with narcissistic disturbances because depression may emerge when narcissistic defenses fa...
Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy - July 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research