After seeing a client session after session, week after week, it's a good possibility that the therapy will come to a point where it feels like progress has stalled. It's not necessarily the fault of the therapist or the client, but it is a situation that isn't doing either of them any good. So what's to be done?
According to Bill Doherty, the solution is to address the therapy's progress before it becomes an issue. Don’t wait until you get bored, and don’t wait until drastic action seems to be the only option; act as soon as you sense that a client’s progress is leveling off or slipping backwards.
In this video clip, Bill talks about a proactive approach that can lead to positive developments when therapy starts to stall.
William Doherty, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota. He's the author or coauthor of 12 books on families and family therapy, including Take Back Your Marriage
, Take Back Your Kids
, and Family Therapy
, with Susan McDaniel. This clip is taken from his session in our challenging cases video course:
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