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.

Dream on

Dream on

(First published in Tales of Psychotherapy, Jane Ryan (ed.), Karnac, 2007)

Cheryl's problem? Aged 38 and single. My diagnosis? A delightful romantic. Her belief? One day my prince will come. My prognosis? He won't. Her hope? That therapy will help find him. My therapeutic objective? Get real.

It wasn't that Cheryl was short of suitors. They'd practically been queuing up at her door since she was a teenager. This tall, lithe, dark-haired, sultrily beautiful woman could have had her pick from hundreds of adoring men. Her physical beauty was equally matched by a warm and attractive personality. She was witty, intelligent, thoughtful, fun-loving, considerate, responsible, well-read, socially and occupationally successful and, despite all this, remained modest. She was well liked by all who came into contact with her, including me. And yet, she was ...

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