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

Understanding Crises

Understanding crises

Most people experience a crisis at some point in their lives: crises are ordinary, expectable and, in that sense, ‘normal’. For any individual, however, crises are relatively uncommon, arising unexpectedly and taking us outside the range of our everyday experience. The word evokes a sense of threat and danger, of urgency and the need for immediate action: we are at risk. Psychologically, the experience is one of imminent or actual ‘breakdown’ – of our lives and ourselves ‘falling apart’. Although most of us might go through a time which could be called a crisis, there may be limited prior experience to draw on to help us manage it. This can be true in the therapeutic role as well: we are faced, often ...

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