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(p. 75) Psychotherapy Modifications with Aging Clients 

(p. 75) Psychotherapy Modifications with Aging Clients
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(p. 75) Psychotherapy Modifications with Aging Clients
Author(s):

Ann M. Steffen

, Larry W. Thompson

, and Dolores Gallagher-Thompson

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190068431.003.0005
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date: 23 May 2022

Age-related adaptations to individual and group psychotherapy, as well as within integrated primary care practice, generally involve contextual modifications—in other words, the “how” of implementing specific change strategies. This chapter provides tips and strategies for providers conducting therapy sessions with depressed clients across the second half of life (i.e., individuals in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s). Specific challenges that arise in working with some aging clients are discussed, followed by potential remedies, including within the context of telehealth. Practitioners are encouraged to apply recommended strategies that are responsive to the needs of culturally diverse aging clients.

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