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Psychotherapeutic Interventions 

Psychotherapeutic Interventions
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Psychotherapeutic Interventions
Author(s):

Jocelyn Soffer

, César A. Alfonso

, John Grimaldi

, and Jack M. Gorman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199392742.003.0037
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date: 23 October 2019

Psychotherapeutic care for persons with HIV is an important component of overall treatment, helping people to cope and decreasing the psychological suffering that may be attendant when navigating the complex array of biopsychosocial stresses and challenges of living with HIV. A combination of psychotherapeutic and psychosocial interventions can effectively address psychological aspects of functioning and reduce psychiatric symptoms, as well as improve adherence to risk reduction and medical care. This chapter reviews several psychotherapeutic interventions, including supportive, psychodynamic, and interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. Both individual and group settings are discussed, as well as the particular settings of spiritual care, family therapy, and couples therapy.

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