The Therapist's Toolbox is like taking several years of seminars and reading a book or two. It is a time-saving and cost effective manual full of tried-and-tune techniques for enhancing therapeutic intervention with clients, written by a discerning and seasoned practitioner.
Aimed at practice with individual adults and couples, this manual is a collection of nonsense, helpful techniques drawn from Susan E. Carrell's vast experience throughout her career. Each technique is complete and easy to implement in a single session. The author's jargon-free, down-to-earth writing style makes each technique easy to understand and effective to use. Carrell provides treatment objective and diagnostic aids to help the clinician meet requirements for treatment planning, as well extensive examples from her own practice.
Chapter 14: Resurrecting the Dead Relationship
Resurrecting the Dead Relationship
In couples work, the “patient” is the relationship, that invisible entity that occupies the empty space between partners who sit in the therapist's office. The sad thing is that the patient doesn't always make it to the hospital soon enough. All too often, the relationship is gasping its last breath when the therapist finally has the opportunity to examine it.
Because of many couples’ reluctance to seek help until it's too late, therapists get a bad rap. Our services are suspect because many of our patients die; it's a vicious circle.
But the ones we do save are worth it. Restoring a relationship to health and happiness is rewarding work indeed! This is not to say that putting a dead ...