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Case Study: Overcoming the Fear of Losing Clients

Moving Past the Fear of Losing Clients is Necessary to be an Effective Couples Therapist

Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson

For the couple dropping out of therapy without having faced basic issues in their relationship, the stakes are much higher—more potentially damaging—than losing clients is for me.

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Is Therapy Creative?

Erving Polster on Rethinking the Concept of Creativity

Rich Simon

When something is described as being "creative," most of us instinctively think of the arts, but the arts don't hold a monopoly on creativity.

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Where Do You Want to Take Your Clients?

Courtney Armstrong on Approaching Sessions from a New Angle

Rich Simon

The natural instinct for most therapists is to try to connect with clients, making them feel heard and understood as they share their deepest problems and emotions. But what if we approached the healing process from a different angle?

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Dealing with Dishonesty in Couples Therapy

David Schnarch on Not Taking Lying Personally

Rich Simon

Dealing with dishonest clients can be frustrating no matter what type of services you're offering, but in couples therapy, it can be even more infuriating; not only is the client lying to you and to themselves, but they're lying to—and risking damaging their relationship with—their partner.

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What Does a Client Really Want from Therapy?

Stephen Gilligan on the First Step Toward a Creative Breakthrough

Rich Simon

When a client comes in for their first session, the natural way to start is by asking them what they want to accomplish in therapy. But the way they answer isn't always helpful in moving the treatment forward.

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Using Corrective Experiences in Attachment-Based Therapy

Diane Poole Heller on Bringing the Concrete to the Abstract

Rich Simon

One of the more unique challenges of working with clients who have attachment-based issues is the lack on concrete goals in their treatment.

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When "One-Size-Fits-All" Doesn't Measure Up

Courtney Armstrong on Creatively Connecting

Rich Simon

Even with all the school and professional training we undergo as therapists, it's impossible to be completely prepared for every situation we may encounter in the consulting room.

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The Therapist as Improv Actor?

Ann Randolph on Using Acting to Access Emotions

Rich Simon

Besides obvious techniques to open the mind and simply have fun, the creative arts can teach us new ways to motivate stuck clients and better attune to the emotions that arise in the consulting room.

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Understanding the Second Empathic System

Pat Love on a Key Difference Between Men and Women

Rich Simon

It's no secret to anyone that men and women register and react to emotions differently. But it's important for therapists who work with couples to more fully understand where this difference comes from and how to effectively work with it.

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Case Study: When Couples Therapy Causes Emotional Pain

Coming to Terms with Inflicting Emotional Pain in Order to Provide Good Couples Therapy

Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson

We don’t become therapists to inflict emotional pain, but eventually we learn that sadness, anger, shock, and disillusionment can be part and parcel of therapy with couples in serious trouble. Good couples therapy sometimes hurts.

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