A Case Formulation Approach to Resolve Treatment Complications

Part of the Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders book series (SARD)


There is a tendency to think of case formulation as an activity that occurs at the outset of therapy to guide initial clinical decision-making, but which plays little role once therapy is underway. However, we believe that case formulation is most useful when viewed as a dynamic, iterative process that invites frequent revisiting of hypotheses as new client data become available. As Eells describes in her influential handbook, “A psychotherapy case formulation is a hypothesis about the causes, precipitants, and maintaining influences of a person’s psychological, interpersonal, and behavioral problems. A case formulation helps organize information about a person, particularly when that information contains contradictions or inconsistencies in behavior, emotion, and thought content.


Anxiety Disorder Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Generalize Anxiety Disorder Social Phobia 
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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