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Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 65–71 | Cite as

Psychotherapy Revolution: Translating Symptoms into Gifts

  • Lara Honos-Webb
Original Paper
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Abstract

This article proposes four revolutions in psychotherapy. The first revolution invites therapists to focus on building client’s strengths rather than patching up weaknesses. The second revolution proposes a technique of translating symptoms into gifts. The third revolution invites therapists to consider alternative goals of psychotherapy other than returning the client to previous levels of functioning. Finally, the fourth revolution challenges the dictum of psychotherapy training that therapists should only teach their clients how to fish, metaphorically speaking, rather than giving them fish. Case studies are offered focusing particularly on clients diagnosed with Major Depression and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Keywords

ADHD Depression Diagnoses Revolution 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Walnut CreekUSA

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