`[The client material]... stimulated thought and reflection... Clark presented a large number of very tricky case studies and illustrated all manner of different and interesting ways of responding to clients who find it difficult to engage with the process of counselling. Furthermore, this is done in the framework of a model of counselling which integrates humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural theories in a most interesting and convincing way. In the end, I learned quite a lot and found myself pondering the case histories days later' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling The understanding of defence mechanisms is vital to counsellors and psychotherapists, particula

Defense Mechanisms in the Counseling Process: A Case Study

Defense mechanisms in the counseling process: A case study

The urgent telephone call came in from Ellen, a residence director of a dormitory in the state university where I am employed as a college counselor. Ellen wanted to provide me with information about Gary, a student with whom I was scheduled to meet in the afternoon. She described Gary's relationship with other students in his dormitory as strained and tense. According to Ellen, Gary had an excuse for everything he did, and he continually accused other people of starting trouble. Although Gary was not required to see me, Ellen had strongly urged him to do so, and he reluctantly agreed. Ellen also informed me that Gary received ...

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