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.
Chapter 16: The Talking Stick
The Talking Stick
Several years ago, a colleague and I attended an excellent seminar on couples therapy. The presenters were interesting and dynamic, and they even offered two techniques I felt I could take home and plug right in. One technique was a model for couples communication, and it was especially effective for high-conflict couples. I couldn't wait to get home and try it out.
I had my chance the very next week. I had seen Sam and Lydia twice. They had been married for 12 years. Lydia was dark and fiery, a proud woman who held her own. Sam was several years older than Lydia. He wore blue jeans with cowboy boots and plaid shirts. He was a hard-working man who struggled to ...