Indication and Goal-Setting in Clinical Psychotherapy

  • Franz Heiql
  • Annelise Heigl-Evers


Before we begin our discussion of the topic “Indication and Goal—Setting In Clinical Psychotherapy”, we would first like to raise the question: “What is clinical psychotherapy?” In any case, what we are talking about is a treatment of short to medium length, as opposed to the long-term therapy of classical psychoanalysis. We would like to mention only two of the reasons that make this limitation necessary: first, the limited financing provided for by the regulations applying to the public and private agencies that pay for this treatment in the FRG and second, the patient’s own interest in terms of limiting his stay in the clinic; he should only stay away from his familiar environment, with its family and professional ties, for as long a time as is absolutely necessary from the standpoint of his therapy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franz Heiql
    • 1
    • 2
  • Annelise Heigl-Evers
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Niedersächsisches Landeskrankenhaus TiefenbrunnRosdorf 1Germany
  2. 2.Universitätsklinik für Psychotherapie und PsychosomatikDüsseldorf 12Germany

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