selection of patients for explorative psychotherapy

Last reviewed 01/2018

Patients with problems with their interpersonal relationships are suitable candidates for psychotherapy.

The best types of patients within this category are those that:- - will accept psychological reasons for his problems - will be able to express his feelings - are prepared to commit themselves to regular sessions This type of information is usually gathered during preliminary questioning by the therapist.

Other general indicators of suitability include:- - age - it is often easier for young people to modify their attitudes and learn new behaviours. - communication skills - the patient must be moderately articulate because psychotherapy is based on talking - intelligence - the patient must be able to think in abstract terms.