Focal psychotherapy--terminable and interminable.

  title={Focal psychotherapy--terminable and interminable.},
  author={Michael J. Bennett},
  journal={American journal of psychotherapy},
  volume={37 3},
Despite evidence that many patients use psychotherapy intermittently at times of need, most treatment is structured as though it had a clear beginning, middle, and end. The aim is to treat an identified area of psychopathology. This article presents an alternative model, in which the patient is seen as evolving, receptive to and needing different interventions at different times. Treatment consists of episodes of focal therapy within the framework of an enduring helping relationship, akin to… CONTINUE READING