CRISIS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY: Principles of Emergency Consultation and Intervention

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Abstract

A surprisingly large number of visits to a crisis intervention service are made by patients engaged in ongoing psychotherapy elsewhere. Data are presented from patients and their therapists that support the concept of a psychotherapy crisis as a major precipitant of such visits. A typology for the therapy crisis is elaborated, and guidelines for the crisis worker's assessment and in-tervention are suggested.

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