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.

The Audition

The audition

The female voice at the other end of the phone sounded exasperated as she repeated to me, ‘Heather Hanson’, and, on getting my simple ‘Hello’, added, ‘You know, the film actress?’ I didn't so I said ‘Hello’ again and was met by some rather heavy sighs at the other end of the line.

‘You're a therapist, right?’ she said, recovering eventually.

‘I'm a psychotherapist,’ I replied, keen to distinguish myself from a host of other therapists she may have had in mind: beauty, body, colour, aroma to name but a few.

‘A shrink, right?’ she continued in her clipped New York accent.

‘That's right,’ I replied. ‘Is it psychotherapy you're looking for?’

‘Could be,’ she said noncommittally and then added, ‘I sure do need a shrink.’

These two statements struck me as odd: the one so hesitant, the ...

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