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.

Holding Boundaries

Holding boundaries

When Helen announced that she'd not only met a man at a salsa class the previous week but also arranged to meet him again, I must admit to a certain smug satisfaction. It would have been unthinkable for her to make such an announcement three years ago when she first came to see me and I felt delighted that our work together had reached this point of … well, if not fruition, at least budding. Whatever might happen next with this man, it was an enormous step for Helen to have got this far. Mind you, I have to concede that her previous therapy with my colleague, Tessa, had laid the vital foundations, and more. Without their work together, Helen would not have had the courage to leave her female therapist ...

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