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
Every therapist needs to know how to respond effectively in a crisis. While some agencies specialize in this work, for most of us crises do not happen frequently and so are not a routine part of our practice – but they do happen: there is no certain way to avoid them, even if you would prefer a quiet life! Yet many therapists remain somewhat ill-equipped to deal with crisis situations. A crisis is an important and potentially productive time to intervene (as reviewed in Table 4.1) but our style of therapeutic work may need to be adapted to the different demands. ‘Crisis intervention’ is not a clearly delimited therapeutic theory or technique, but an approach designed to stabilize crises and resolve them ...