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(p. 139) The course of treatment 

(p. 139) The course of treatment
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(p. 139) The course of treatment
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R. Peter Hobson

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780198725008.003.0010
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date: 17 September 2019

Two final cases are presented, this time with a view to tracing the course of treatment from initial assessment to completion of therapy, both descriptively and through brief verbatim exchanges between patient and therapist. The aim is to achieve depth of focus, and complement a picture of the unfolding of psychotherapy over time with snapshots of more detailed clinical material. It is in slow but meaningful progress, manifest both in the scope and integration of a patient’s states of mind and in the coherence and depth of patient–therapist communication, that some of the most persuasive evidence for the value of treatment emerges.

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