Beginning of Treatment
First Session - Presenting issues are discussed and appropriateness for treatment is determined.
Assessment - The therapist will get to know the client's history (medical, psychological, social, familial, etc.) to better understand the client as a whole.
Development of Treatment Plan - This is the collaborative formation of therapeutic goals specific to each client.
Bulk of Treatment
Psychoeducation - provides information about disorder (root, symptoms, treatment, prognosis, etc.)
Psychotherapy - some or all of the below therapies may be employed in treatment
- behavioral therapy - works to extinguish the conditioned fear response, behavioral modification
- cognitive therapy - works to identify and correct distorted beliefs and maladaptive thinking
- systems therapy - understanding how one's meaningful relationships in the past and present may
relate to one's current situation.
- stress reduction and relaxation techniques - strategies to lessen and counteract the stress response
Pharamacotherapy - may recommend consideration of medication in conjuction with therapy, which would involve referral to psychiatrist
End of Treatment
Evaluation of Treatment - Have all goals been met? Do other issues need to be addressed?
Termination of Treatment - Therapy is ended; openness to future booster sessions is discussed.
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