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Dementia and Psychotherapy Revisited

Cheston, Richard



People living with dementia have little opportunity to talk about their experiences and what is happening to them. This often makes it harder for them to adjust to, and to accept, the diagnosis. Dementia and Psychotherapy Reconsidered introduces a new and distinctive way of thinking about dementia.

Each of the four sections is augmented with examples from the author’s 30 years of clinical and research experience and offers an accessible approach from mainstream psychotherapeutic and psychological frameworks that:

• Places dementia into a psychological context of loss, threat and change
• Addresses the research and clinical evidence underpinning psychotherapy; whether this is delivered to individuals, couples or groups
• Sets out a model of adjustment to dementia and outlines how talking about dementia needs to be tailored to the stage of change
• Explores how psychotherapy and counselling can be adapted to accommodate the client’s cognitive changes and why we need to acknowledge that talking about dementia is not always possible or desirable

Dementia and Psychotherapy Reconsidered will be useful not only to psychotherapists and counsellors, but to clinicians and families who are supporting people living with dementia post-diagnosis and want to find new ways of talking about their experiences.

Book Type Authored Book
Online Publication Date Nov 18, 2022
Publication Date Nov 16, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 19, 2022
Series Title Reconsidering Dementia
Edition 1st
ISBN 978-0335250981
Keywords Adjustment, assimilation, awareness, counselling, alzheimer's
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Contract Date May 2, 2022