Author: Alan S. Bellack, Michel Hersen
Series: Comprehensive Clinical Psychology
Patients come to psychotherapy because they are demoralized by the menacing meanings of their symptoms. The psychotherapist collaborates with the patient in formulating a plausible story that makes the meanings of the symptoms more benign and provides procedures for combatting them, thereby enabling the patient to regain his morale. (Frank, 1986) Although not all therapists would be happy with the idea that they are aformulating a plausible story,o the process of clinical formulation remains the lynch pin that holds theory and practice together. This is agreed by proponents of most major therapeutic traditions: for example, behavior therapy.
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