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 Mother Interview

The mother interview

The relationship one has with one's parents is a huge therapy issue. Certainly, there are theoretical differences about how important that relationship is, how much time should be devoted to exploring it, and how problems might best be addressed. The psychodynamic theorists, like anthropologists, devote their time and energy to digging up the ruins of the parent-child relationship. Discoveries are carefully preserved, studied, and labeled. History is everything. The behavior theorists, more like football coaches, are concerned about which skills were learned in early training and how valuable they are on the playing field today. Good techniques are encouraged, and not-so-helpful habits are extinguished. How the game is played today is what matters the most. I think most of us ...

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