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.

Family Memories

Family memories

This tool appeared in Group Exercises for Adolescents: A Manual for Therapists. I have always used it in individual therapy as well as in group work for all ages. It tends to elicit material and emotions that do not come up in the course of discussion.


Give your client a large sheet of drawing paper and colored markers. Tell him or her to divide the paper in half with a line down the middle. On one half of the paper, ask your client to draw a happy family memory, a scene from childhood when things were good. On the other half, ask him or her to draw an unhappy family memory, a scene from childhood when things were bad. The time in childhood ...

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