Participants work on solving their problems, learning techniques to use in the future.
PST is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that focuses on structured problem solving rather than directly targeting patterns of thinking. The premise of PST is that taking an active role in problem-solving helps people suffering from depression feel more in control of their lives.
PST teaches and reinforces effective skills to manage life problems in many domains, such as health issues, adherence to medical regimens, finances, relationships, employment - and even mundane problems such as housekeeping and daily routines, which can slide when one has depression. The focus is on addressing concrete, observable problems rather than internal ones such as thought processes and emotions.
ePST® is based on the treatment manual Problem-Solving Treatment in Primary Care (PST-PC), which is being disseminated via the Collaborative Care model used in the IMPACT study at the University of Washington and beyond.