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

Assessing and Responding to Risk

Assessing and responding to risk

Risk is inherent in a crisis: things could end badly. The client may see only disaster while the therapist is trying to help her discover a better outcome. Of course, any situation and every action involves an element of risk – we cannot be sure of the consequences. Crises are times when safety is reduced and the sense of risk dramatically heightened. One way of seeing the task of crisis intervention is as maximizing the chances of a good outcome and minimizing the risks of a bad one. This means that risks have to be assessed and that interventions should be intended to keep risks at an acceptable level.

Taking Responsible Decisions

Risk is something that we take ...

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