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With its practical, experiential approach, the Second Edition of Applied Helping Skills: Transforming Lives covers the basic skills and core interventions needed to begin seeing clients. By approaching therapy as an art rather than from a prescriptive diagnostic position, this text encourages readers to look at every situation differently and draw from their embedded knowledge to best serve the individuals in their care. Authors Leah Brew and Jeffrey A. Kottler weave humor and passion into their engaging prose, effectively conveying their excitement and satisfaction for doing helping work.
Chapter 5: Skills of Assessment and Diagnosis
Skills of Assessment and Diagnosis
A new client walks in the door and sits down. In your most caring, compassionate voice, you ask what’s going on?
“I’m not sure really,” he tells you after a long pause. “I’ve been having some problems concentrating lately. And I feel out of sorts. Not just depressed, but also sad all the time. I don’t really know why. And I’ve been having some physical issues, like these headaches that aren’t so much painful as they are just annoying. Oh, and one more thing, I sometimes feel like I’m losing my mind. So, what do you think this all means and what’s wrong with me?”
If you are like us, and most other therapists, your first reaction ...