Prescribing Psychotherapy

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 54 (2):168-175 (2011)
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Abstract

Although the term psychotherapy evokes the idea of an incisive intervention, psychotherapy is fundamentally different from any procedure found in medicine or surgery aimed at curing a disrupted body. Psychotherapy does not aim to cure the body or even the brain; it aims to persuade a person in distress to think and behave differently. It is a method common in some form to all cultures. The late Jerome Frank, a psychiatrist and esteemed scientific investigator of psychotherapy, used the study of therapies that succeeded and failed to define several characteristics common to all successful therapies (Frank and Frank 1991). In addition, he found that patients seek psychotherapy for reassurance, hope, and support ..

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