A psychotherapeutic approach based on patient’s needs

Un approccio psicoterapeutico focalizzato sui bisogni del paziente

F. Pagnini1, S. Zanini2, M.C. Gislon3

1 Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università Cattolica del “Sacro Cuore”, Milano; 2 Servizio di Psicologia, Ospedale “Niguarda Ca’ Granda”, Milano; 3 Istituto per lo Studio e la Ricerca sui Disturbi Psichici (ISeRDiP), Milano


The aim of this paper is to present the psychotherapeutic approach taylorized on patient’s needs, developed by Professor Gian Carlo Zapparoli.


Prof. Zapparoli’s theoretical and clinical proposal is presented while in comparison to other major psychotherapeutic approaches.


Psychotherapeutic approaches are at risk of emphasizing their theoretical framework at the expense of patient needs. Herein, Prof. Zapparoli proposes a brief, focal and integrated psychotherapeutic approach that may reduce this risk.


It is possible to have a general psychotherapeutic approach that integrates different theories and techniques, with the aim to better respond to idiosyncratic patient’s needs.

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