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Temporal Focus in Psychotherapy: Clinical Tales of Past, Present, and Future

  • Elena Kazakina
  • Wessel van Beek
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Abstract

This chapter seeks to provide insight into the relevance of empirical findings on time and time perspective for clinical practice. Clinical examples are utilized to illustrate this relevance. Discussing a number of clinical case studies, the researchers include the usefulness of the concept of temporal flexibility in all stages of treatment, allowing for the transition from distress to well-being. Interestingly, five patient stories are presented to highlight the potential of temporal mismatch that induces intra- and interpersonal difficulties. In so doing, these examples serve to provide not only clear evidence of the applicability of prior conceptual and empirical developments in clinical settings but also guidance for possible future research directions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Kazakina
    • 1
  • Wessel van Beek
    • 2
  1. 1.Private practice (Licensed Clinical Psychologist)East BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.GGZ VeenendaalVeenendaalThe Netherlands

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