Adapting Psychotherapy for Working With Older Adults
In Adapting Psychotherapy for Working With Older Adults, Dr. Bob G. Knight demonstrates his approach to adjusting therapy for working with this growing population. Most adaptations to therapy with older clients involve the nature of presenting problems typically brought in by older adults and the therapist–client relationship. Older adults face problems such as chronic illness, grief, and cognitive impairment at a much higher rate than younger clients. In addition, age differences between client and therapist and generational differences in acceptance of seeking help call for the need to make adaptations in approach.
In this session, Dr. Knight works with a woman in her 80s who suffered abuse throughout her life, first at the hands of her father as a child, and later, in her marriage to a verbally and emotionally abusive husband. Dr. Knight listens to the client as she recounts her life and together they gain insight into the emotional crux of her low self-esteem.