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Problem solving psychotherapy

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This form of psychotherapy helps the patient to clarify problems and find adaptive solutions to them.

The patient lists their problems and decides which is the most important.

Taking the most important problem a list of possible actions is drawn up. The most favoured course of action is chosen.

If the chosen course of action solves the problem then the next problem in the list is tackled. If the attempt fails another approach to the same problem is tried.

Problem solving is economical with time and has been shown to be effective in cases of mild to moderate depression.

Between four and eight sessions of 30 min should be sufficient treatment.

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