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

Recognizing Impasse

Recognizing impasse

Therapy is by its very nature an attempt to get out of an impasse. Impasses develop in people's lives when normal processes of development come to a halt and efforts to derive satisfaction and fulfilment are frustrated. In a sense, the various psychological therapies have been developed as the means of breaking through life impasses: therapists are in the ‘impasse business’. Since therapy starts in impasse it should not come as a surprise that it often arrives at a further impasse. In fact, it is probably typical for this to happen to some degree and relatively few therapies run their course without getting bogged down at some point, albeit temporarily. The view that we take in this book is that an impasse, ...

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