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Who gets intensive psychotherapy?

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: Severe illness

A best practice for cognitive psychotherapy for someone with depression whose depression and anxiety worsen is to increase the frequency of sessions/increase intensity.
Generally, more intensive psychotherapy is helpful for those with severe, worsening, or relatively acute symptoms/conditions.

In brief: Severe illness

A best practice for cognitive psychotherapy for someone with depression whose depression and anxiety worsen is to increase the frequency of sessions/increase intensity.
Generally, more intensive psychotherapy is helpful for those with severe, worsening, or relatively acute symptoms/conditions.
Dr. Chris Esguerra
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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
may also be beneficial in the early stages of addiction recovery
Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Varies

Intensive psychotherapy may be more beneficial than other kinds of treatment when a condition is acutely serious, like early stages of recovery from addiction, or when a condition has become chronic as a result of personality factors, etc.

In brief: Varies

Intensive psychotherapy may be more beneficial than other kinds of treatment when a condition is acutely serious, like early stages of recovery from addiction, or when a condition has become chronic as a result of personality factors, etc.
Dr. Samuel Miles
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Intensive therapy

Unfortunately, intensive is a word which has been associated with either challenging or "aggressive" pursuit of information.
In reality, all types of psychotherapies should be applied intensively in order to best help the patient.

In brief: Intensive therapy

Unfortunately, intensive is a word which has been associated with either challenging or "aggressive" pursuit of information.
In reality, all types of psychotherapies should be applied intensively in order to best help the patient.
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: That depends

There can be intensive programs such as partial hospitalization programs for individuals dealing with serious illness.
However, intensive can also refer to frequency of sessions or depth of treatment. In that situation - it is usually someone is very motivated (and who has the money to afford any costs that are not covered by insurance).

In brief: That depends

There can be intensive programs such as partial hospitalization programs for individuals dealing with serious illness.
However, intensive can also refer to frequency of sessions or depth of treatment. In that situation - it is usually someone is very motivated (and who has the money to afford any costs that are not covered by insurance).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Severity of symptoma

Typically those with the more severe or otherwise life threatening pathology receive more intensive psychotherapy.
An exception to this is analysis that is undergone by those in analytic training, where sessions can be three or more times a week, and this can last for years as part of developing as a psychoanalyst.

In brief: Severity of symptoma

Typically those with the more severe or otherwise life threatening pathology receive more intensive psychotherapy.
An exception to this is analysis that is undergone by those in analytic training, where sessions can be three or more times a week, and this can last for years as part of developing as a psychoanalyst.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Jonathan Shedler
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No general answer

"intensive" has no standard, agreed-upon meaning.
In practice, it has come to mean anything that a health insurance company doesn't want to pay for, and can claim is not a "medical necessity." frequency of sessions should depend on what therapist and patient want to accomplish-- e.g., self-knowledge and insight, versus symptom relief-- not necessarily on diagnosis or severity of symptoms.

In brief: No general answer

"intensive" has no standard, agreed-upon meaning.
In practice, it has come to mean anything that a health insurance company doesn't want to pay for, and can claim is not a "medical necessity." frequency of sessions should depend on what therapist and patient want to accomplish-- e.g., self-knowledge and insight, versus symptom relief-- not necessarily on diagnosis or severity of symptoms.
Dr. Jonathan Shedler
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