Counsellors and psychotherapists often encounter difficult situations with clients for which they feel ill prepared. At any stage in the process a client may experience a crisis or set back in their progress or simply be unable to move beyond a certain point. Working through Setbacks in Psychotherapy is therefore intended to help therapists respond to such events which form major obstacles to the successful development and maintenance of the therapeutic relationship. The authors present a framework for understanding the problems that arise and offers effective guidance for working through difficult situations which test the skills of even the most experienced practitioners. Until now little has been written about the

Responding to Developmental Challenges

Responding to developmental challenges

Therapists are not exempt from the uncertainties of life. Like their clients, they are subject to the turbulence of their own developmental processes. They are immersed both in the low of their own change and in the demands of their involvement with clients' troubled development. There is a double-sidedness to a therapist's relationship to her own change processes: her own life moves on and this affects her work in complex ways; at the same time, the experience of participating in the struggles of others feeds back into a changing sense of self. This reciprocity can be profoundly beneficial – but it can also contribute to therapeutic difficulties. Throughout the preceding chapters the therapist's impact on the course of ...

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