Psychotherapeutic mechanism of Morita Therapy from the perspective of psychonomy in comparison to third-wave cognitive behavioral therapy

[Speaker] Matsuura, Takanobu:1
1:Graduate School of Clinical Psychology, Kagoshima University (Japan)

Causes and intervention methods for anxiety are explored from the perspective of Morita Therapy, which was established in 1919, in Japan. There are five basic therapeutic components in outpatient Morita Therapy: Increasing clients' awareness and acceptance of emotions, recognizing and mobilizing the clients' desire for life, clarifying the vicious cycle, giving instructions for constructive actions,and facilitating clients' re-evaluations of their behavioral patterns and lifestyles (Nakamura et al., 2009). This poster explains similarities and differences between Morita Therapy and third-wave cognitive behavioral therapy with reference to the results of empirical studies about the theory of Morita Therapy in psychonomy (e.g., Matsuura, 2014). This explanation elucidates the originality of Morita Therapy.
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