Psychodynamic Theory During The 's Dr. Paul Weston

1685 WordsMay 22, 20177 Pages
In Treatment’s Dr. Paul Weston appears to largely use psychodynamic theory during his sessions with Sophie, the teenaged gymnast who is seeing him after an accident which is believed to have been a potential suicide attempt. However, as is the case with most therapists, Paul does not focus solely on psychodynamics when treating Sophie, drawing on the universal qualities of all therapists as well as some cognitive techniques. There are several instances of this unique blend of techniques throughout Sophie’s episodes, as well as the continual theme of psychodynamics that seems to be Paul’s main practicing theory. The role of the therapist – regardless of their theoretical orientation - is to convey to their clients that they are there to…show more content…
While the claim itself is important for creating a sort of holding environment within the therapy room, it is also more likely to be effective if it is actually practiced and backed by actions – which Paul does. Regardless of the number of times that Sophie accuses him, yells at him and in one memorable instance, destroys a decoration in his office, he remains and calm and does not criticize her for her anger or resentment, merely tries to help her understand what is causing it, without passing judgement on her for it. While those are some of the more universal aspects of both therapy and the nature of the therapist that Paul recreates with Sophie, there are also some theoretical perspective specificities that come through their sessions. While it doesn’t play a major role and only truly appears during their later sessions, there are instances where Pau employs some cognitive therapy techniques to try and help Sophie. The key feature of cognitive therapy is that it is our general thoughts – or schemas – that shape how we interpret and perceive the world around us and that it is those thoughts and interpretation that produce our emotional and behavior reactions to situations and events, not the situation itself. In Sophie’s case this would reflect
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