Becoming a Therapist: What Do I Say, And Why?

Author(s) : Suzanne Bender, Author(s) : Edward Messner

Becoming a Therapist: What Do I Say, And Why?

Book Details

  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Published : 2004
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 92585
  • ISBN 13 : 9781572309432
  • ISBN 10 : 1572309431

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This book provides students and novice clinicians with nuts-and-bolts advice about the process of doing therapy, starting with the first contact with a new patient. Filling a typical gap in clinical training, the book focuses on such real-world tasks as setting up appointments and discussing payment, conducting effective assessments while setting patients at ease, and dealing with mundane and serious clinical concerns, including suicidality. Featured are a wealth of sample therapist-patient dialogues that bring each situation to life. Suzanne Bender and Edward Messner - a junior clinician and a seasoned practitioner and supervisor - provide a unique, combined perspective on how therapy is conducted, what works and what doesn't work in treatment, and how to take care of oneself as a clinician. Each chapter opens with a concise summary and concludes with a list of key terms. The book also includes a helpful glossary and suggestions for further reading.

Part 1: The Consultation. First Contact. The First Moments. Initiating an Alliance and Assessing Safety. Enhancing the Therapeutic Alliance and Eliciting History. Collecting a Psychosocial History and Screening for Common Psychological Disorders. Formulating a Treatment Plan. Part 2: Frame and Variations. The Frame. Setting the Fee and Billing. Telephone Calls: From Dependencies to Emergencies. No-Shows, Late Arrivals, and Late Departures. Confidentiality and Its Limits. Part 3: Chemistry. Substance Abuse. Integrating Psychopharmacology with Psychotherapy. Part 4: Therapeutic Dilemmas. Management of Impasses. Empathic Lapses. Transference and Countertransference. Termination.

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