In Tales from the Therapy Room, the author provides ten fictional short stories that give students of counseling and psychotherapy a unique insight into what actually goes on in therapy. Exploring aspects of the client-therapist relationship, the reader is given a fly-on-the-wall view of the therapeutic process. Rather than suggesting a ‘correct’ approach, they explore possibilities and provide entertaining, vivid and thought-provoking descriptions of the therapeutic journey. Issues explored include

contracting; boundaries and confrontation; self-disclosure on the part of the therapist; dream interpretation; the influence of the consulting room environment; conflicting belief systems.

These are much more than just engaging stories — Phil Lapworth draws on over 25 years of clinical experience to show how the student can integrate theory into real practice with real clients. The final chapter explicitly highlights the specific theories, models and issues that are illustrated throughout and provides questions, learning objectives, exercises and Further Reading to encourage critical thinking.

A door into the often-hidden perspective of what a therapist might think and feel within the therapy session, this ‘shrink-wrapped’ resource will be treasured by counseling and psychotherapy trainees and practitioners for years to come.

Chance is a Fine Thing

Chance is a fine thing

The theme of the one-day conference was ‘Serendipity’. I hadn't intended to go until Tessa, a dear friend and colleague, phoned serendipitously the previous evening to say she had decided at the last minute to attend and would be delighted if I would keep her company. Not having seen her for months, I agreed immediately and, putting down the phone after her call, retrieved the programme from the waste-basket to familiarize myself with some of the content that hadn't managed to attract me on earlier perusal.

Par for the course with such conferences, many of the workshops on offer made only tenuous links to the topic of serendipity. A few were more honest in not even attempting to pretend that serendipity concerned them in the ...

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