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.

Jake Got a Dog

Jake got a Dog

This technique uses the time-honored parable to make a therapeutic point. It could almost be considered a nail, tack, or hook, but it is so effective that I think it deserves a place in the main compartment of your toolbox.

The nice and polite way to introduce this great little metaphor would be to say that it is helpful when working with very independent or self-contained people who are struggling in a relationship. The not-so-nice way is to say that it gets through to narcissistic types who just don't get it. What they don't get is the concept of sharing, accommodating, giving, and putting the other's needs somewhere in their consciousness. I save this to use when other kinder, ...

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