Criteria for Selection for Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Psychosomatic Illness

  • G. Paar
  • W. Schüffel


In this presentation, psychosomatic illness is seen in a holistic way adequatley defined by Grolnik’s definition: “Illness can be seen on a spectrum from perceived discomforts, anxieties about one’s bodily functions, through psychologically related physiological dysfunctions, to clearly organic entities.”(6) In the context of this paper, psychotherapy is seen as “...a form of treatment in which a trained person deliberately establishes a professional relationship with a patient in order to promote his/her emotional resources.”(7)


Psychosocial Problem Hospital Ward Psychosomatic Medicine Expert Advice Professional Relationship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Paar
    • 1
  • W. Schüffel
    • 1
  1. 1.Phillipps-Universitat MarburgMarburgWest Germany

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