Supportive Psychotherapy

Supportive Psychotherapy

Supportive psychotherapy is a necessary foundation for more advanced psychotherapeutic techniques. 

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Supportive Psychotherapy

Supportive psychotherapy has a more limited scope of objectives compared to other more intensive forms of therapy, such as psychodynamic psychotherapy. The aims of supportive psychotherapy include reducing symptoms, preventing relapse, and assisting in navigating more transient issues.

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More About Supportive Psychotherapy

This type of psychotherapy is described well by Dr. Fredric Neuman:

Supportive psychotherapy attempts to help clients by any practical and appropriate means to deal with their emotional distress and problems in living. This can include, but is not limited to, comforting, advising, encouraging, reassuring, and mostly listening, attentively and sympathetically. The therapist provides an emotional outlet, the chance for patients to express themselves and be themselves. Also, the therapist may inform patients about their illness and about how to manage it and how to adjust to it. Over the course of treatment, he may have to intercede on a patient’s behalf with various authorities, including schools and social agencies, and with the patient’s family, and really, with all of those with whom the patient may be contending.*

Supportive psychotherapy can often “set the stage” for deeper and more rigorous therapies as the client improves.

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We offer compassionate care, meeting each client exactly where he/she is, while simultaneously providing direct feedback and encouraging results-focused, action-oriented, meaningful change to leave clients feeling empowered, confident, and more certain in their day-to-day life experiences and relationships. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are common questions and answers we receive regarding Supportive Psychotherapy. If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us by calling (504) 315‑2420.

Supportive psychotherapy is a type of therapy that focuses on providing emotional support, encouragement, and guidance to individuals facing various challenges. The therapist establishes a supportive and empathetic relationship with the client, helping them cope with stress, improve self-esteem, and develop effective coping strategies.

The primary goals of supportive psychotherapy are to alleviate distress, enhance the client’s well-being, and improve their adaptive functioning. The therapist aims to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients can express their feelings, gain insight into their difficulties, and develop healthier ways of coping with their concerns.

Supportive psychotherapy differs from other therapies, such as psychodynamic or cognitive-behavioral therapy, in its focus on immediate problem-solving and emotional support. While other therapies may explore past experiences or target specific symptoms, supportive therapy emphasizes providing comfort, guidance, and practical assistance to help clients navigate their current challenges.

Supportive psychotherapy can benefit individuals facing a wide range of psychological difficulties, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, and life transitions. It is particularly useful for those who require emotional support, validation, and practical guidance to cope with their current stressors. Supportive therapy can be beneficial for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Yes. Active listening is a great example of supportive psychotherapy. Being heard and validated by a trusted confidante is incredibly important to mental health and overall well-being.