Control-mastery Theory: How to conduct effective psychotherapy

Ellen, a 45 year old Caucasian woman, suffering with long term anxiety and depression, had been in psychotherapy for only a short time when she told the therapist that she was feeling a lot better and was thinking about stopping. Her therapist, after exploring Ellen’s thoughts about this, responded that she didn’t think it was a good idea at that time.  Ellen readily agreed to continue.

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