The Therapist's Toolbox is like taking several years of seminars and reading a book or two. It is a time-saving and cost effective manual full of tried-and-tune techniques for enhancing therapeutic intervention with clients, written by a discerning and seasoned practitioner.

Aimed at practice with individual adults and couples, this manual is a collection of nonsense, helpful techniques drawn from Susan E. Carrell's vast experience throughout her career. Each technique is complete and easy to implement in a single session. The author's jargon-free, down-to-earth writing style makes each technique easy to understand and effective to use. Carrell provides treatment objective and diagnostic aids to help the clinician meet requirements for treatment planning, as well extensive examples from her own practice.

The Paper Exercise

The paper exercise

This tool is one of my favorites; the more I use it, the sharper it becomes. The couples I see are usually motivated to seek therapy for one of several reasons: (a) They are seeking greater intimacy through improved communication, (b) they need help dealing with conflict, or (c) they are in crisis. The Paper Exercise is an excellent diagnostic tool that is informative and effective in all of these scenarios. It is adapted from The Couples Journey by Susan Campbell, PhD.

Sometimes, couples seeking therapy will say that their goal for therapy is to “make our relationship better” or “increase the intimacy between us.” It may not be so easy for the therapist to get a grip on the issues. ...

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