|CE Comments Ethics Clinical Excellence Mindfulness Attachment Couples Challenging Cases Great Attachment Debate Mary Jo Barrett Linda Bacon Diets Trauma Alan Sroufe Attachment Theory Symposium 2012 Brain Science Clinical Mastery Men in Therapy William Doherty Anxiety Gender Issues Etienne Wenger Mind/Body Community of Excellence David Schnarch The Future of Psychotherapy Couples Therapy Future of Psychotherapy Narcissistic Clients Wendy Behary|
|Clinicians Digest May/June 2008 - Page 4|
Encouraging the false idea that support groups increase survival rates can build false hopes and stigmatize cancer patients who don't participate. "Having a positive outlook won't extend the quantity of life," Coyne says. "And not everyone who has cancer is capable of feeling positive."
Trusting Therapists' Intuition
You've been successfully helping your anxious client learn to calm herself. Sometime between her appointments, you realize that about once each session, you've noticed a quick, barely perceptible twitch at the corner of her mouth. What does it mean? Is there a pattern? Then the thought disappears from your mind again. After all, she's been making progress. Next thing you know, she drops out of therapy.
In an era of behavioral interventions and empirically supported treatments, therapists' intuition—the subconscious sense that something important has happened during a session—has received scant attention. But as Theodor Reik wrote in 1948, therapists constantly are noticing a great deal subliminally—gestures, sense of touch while shaking hands, breath, choice of words, tone of voice, little stresses on certain words, vocal modulations, and rhythm.