Specifics of Psychotherapy and Counselling for Some Psychological Disorders and Difficulties

Specifics of psychotherapy and counselling for some psychological disorders and difficulties

Abstract

This chapter covers commonly recognised psychological difficulties that are being classified in the mainstream psychiatric classification systems such DSM–IV and ICD–10. Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance-related disorders, eating disorders and psychotic disorders are covered. Information on their characteristics, etiology, prevalence and treatment are provided. The main focus of this chapter is on principles of empirically-informed psychological therapy for these types of problem.

Psychotherapy and counselling can be seen as professional activities that are used for addressing and overcoming human suffering (Miller, 2004). They involve psychological (social, intrapersonal and interpersonal) processes. Psychotherapy and counselling were often developed as generic professional activities for alleviating various ...

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