The Focus in Brief Interpretive Psychotherapy: Dilemmas, Traps and Snags as Target Problems

  title={The Focus in Brief Interpretive Psychotherapy: Dilemmas, Traps and Snags as Target Problems},
  author={Anthony Ryle},
  journal={British Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={46 - 54}
  • A. Ryle
  • Published 1 January 1979
  • Psychology
  • British Journal of Psychiatry
Summary The need for a focus for brief interpretive psychotherapy is considered and a new approach is suggested. In this method, the ways in which the patient's construction of himself and his relationships are related to his problems are identified and expressed in the form of dilemmas, traps and snags. It is suggested that these formulations represent an appropriate level of abstraction, allowing patient and therapist to share provisional hypotheses about the goals of therapy and offering the… 

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