Intervention Categories

Psychotherapeutic interventions can be grouped in six categories under two designations.


Authoritative interventions

  • Prescriptive
    Giving advice, being judgemental, critical, evaluative.
  • Informative
    Being didactic, informative, interpretive.
  • Confronting
    Challenging, providing direct feedback to the client.


Facilitative interventions

  • Cathartic
    Encouraging the client to release tension in laughter, crying, trembling and storming.
  • Catalytic
    Being reflective, encouraging self-directed problem solving.
  • Supportive
    Being approving, confirming and validating the client as a human being.
    A supportive intervention affirms the value and worth of the individual.