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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 7: Promoting Understanding and Insight
Promoting Understanding and Insight
This chapter, like this stage in the therapeutic process, acts as a bridge between assessment and exploration, which we have just discussed, and the action that follows. Some approaches advocate the promotion of insight as the main focus of therapy, believing that when this process is carried through in sufficient depth, it alone can lead to lasting changes. Person-centered therapy, psychodynamic theory, Gestalt therapy, and existential therapy are perhaps the best-known advocates from the traditional models of therapy, which hold this point of view. They structure the treatment in a way that increases self-awareness and self-understanding, believing that this is more than enough to get the job done. More contemporary constructivist and social constructionist models also make ...