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.
In at the Deep End
In at the Deep End
Some of us find it easy to trust. Others find it nigh on impossible. While the former throw themselves into life and relationships, the latter sit on the edge and enter only warily, assuming the worst. No doubt, both have their advantages but at either extreme there may be a price to be paid. Trust is not intrinsically a good thing unless it's warranted and many could do with a bit more paranoia to assess the safety of a situation. They throw themselves in at the deep end only to find the pool has not been filled and they get injured. On the other hand, there are those who hover about at the shallow end convinced that the water is shark-infested and they never ...