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Clinical Manual of Supportive Psychotherapy, Second Edition

Peter N. Novalis, M.D., Ph.D., Virginia Singer, D.N.P., and Roger Peele, M.D.

  • 2020
  • 469 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61537-165-5
  • Item #37165

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Updated for the first time since 1993—and still the only comprehensive clinical guide to supportive psychotherapy—this new edition of Clinical Manual of Supportive Psychotherapy features updated and new chapters, vignettes, tables, and resources that reflect current best practices.

Where once it was reserved for use with severely impaired patients, supportive therapy has come to be recognized as the treatment of choice for many patients, and supportive techniques underpin a great many other psychotherapies.

As a result, the academic literature, both on specific populations and on technical issues, has mushroomed. In this manual, the authors—all of them practicing mental health clinicians—distill the most relevant information that nonpsychiatric physicians, psychiatric residents, and experienced psychiatrists and psychotherapists need to fully understand this specific modality.

The volume introduces, in Part I, readers to the history and evolution of the use of supportive therapy, examining both its principles and its techniques. It then applies, in Part II, the approach to a range of disorders, including schizophrenia and hallucinations, mood disorders, personality disorders, and—new to this edition—anxiety and co-occurring disorders.

Part III covers interactions and special settings, discussing applying supportive techniques with medically ill patients and older patients, including tackling issues such as social and financial barriers to seeking treatment in the case of the latter. Also included in this part are new chapters on interactions and special settings, including practicing in detention and correctional centers and the special needs of therapists in public institutions, and updated chapters on community and family involvement and medication adherence and therapy interactions. A discussion of ethics—augmented with guidance on cultural and religious sensitivity—completes this most comprehensive of guides.


  • List of Tables
  • Introduction to the Second Edition
  • Introduction to the First Edition
  • Notes on Usage
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: Principles
  • Chapter 1. The Basis for Supportive Psychotherapy
  • Chapter 2. The Supportive Relationship
  • Chapter 3. Principles of Supportive Technique: Explanatory Techniques
  • Chapter 4. Principles of Supportive Technique: Directive Interventions
  • Chapter 5. Managing the Therapy
  • Part II: Diagnostic Applications
  • Chapter 6. Schizophrenia and Hallucinations
  • Chapter 7. Mood Disorders
  • Chapter 8. Anxiety Disorders and Related Disorders
  • Chapter 9. Co-occurring Disorders
  • Chapter 10. Personality Disorders
  • Chapter 11. Crisis Management and Suicidality
  • Part III: Interactions and Special Settings
  • Chapter 12. The Medically Ill Patient
  • Chapter 13. The Older Patient
  • Chapter 14. Special Populations
  • Chapter 15. Community and Family Involvement
  • Chapter 16. Medication-Therapy Interactions and Medication Adherence
  • Chapter 17. Ethical and Cultural Awareness in Supportive Psychotherapy
  • Index

About the Authors

Peter N. Novalis, M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Virginia Singer, D.N.P., PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner in private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Roger Peele, M.D., DLFAPA, is Chief Psychiatrist for Montgomery County, Maryland.

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