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Adaptation Phase (Sessions 9–15) 

Adaptation Phase (Sessions 9–15)
Adaptation Phase (Sessions 9–15)

Kari M. Eddington

, Timothy J. Strauman

, Angela Z. Vieth

, and Gregory G. Kolden

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date: 07 August 2020

Chapter 7 provides a session-by-session guide to the adaptation phase of self-system therapy, which focuses on reducing chronic, distressing self-discrepancies and modifying unsuccessful patterns of self-regulation. The approaches and tactics used by therapists can be broadly categorized as altering one or more of the maladaptive aspects of self-regulation or as compensating for aspects of self-regulation that are not optimal targets for change. To address various clients’ therapy goals, the therapist can use three freestanding modules, each of which has a broad goal for the final phase of treatment, and they can be completed in any order. The Module 1 goal is to reduce self-discrepancy and increase self-congruency; the Module 2 goal is to modify the client’s regulatory style; and the Module 3 goal is to manage perfectionistic tendencies. The therapist uses the adaptation phase of therapy to help the client reduce self-discrepancies, modify regulatory style, and manage perfectionistic tendencies.

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