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

Crises in Therapy

Crises in therapy

Therapists seek change in their clients – but not too much too quickly! For therapy to promote change, there generally needs to be a basic framework of stability in circumstances and social functioning in the client's life: psychological change feels more manageable against a background of continuity. Frequently, however, we are not so fortunate – there are disruptions in the client's life or her underlying difficulties re-surface in dramatic fashion. Crises often beset the course of the therapeutic work.

Therapy and Crisis Intervention

Dealing with a crisis occurring during the course of psychotherapy or counselling is different in a number of important ways from providing help when someone presents at the point of crisis. In an ongoing therapy, the client is known ...

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