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Does mental health therapy include supportive psychotherapy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Yes, mental health therapy does include supportive psychotherapy. Supportive psychotherapy relies on the interactive relationship between the person and the counselor. The therapist encourages expression of feelings and problem solving. Primary care doctors can practice problem-focused psychotherapy, a form of supportive therapy.

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