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Becoming a Supershrink: Three Steps to Professional Excellence

Getting Client Feedback Isn’t Always Easy, But It's a Necessary Step

Scott Miller, Mark Hubble, and Barry Duncan

Most therapists, when asked, report checking in routinely for client feedback and knowing when to do so. But research has found this to be far from true.

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Facing Our Client Prejudices

How to Transform Assumptions about Overweight Clients

Judith Matz

I’m comfortable working with clients on all types of issues, but I notice that when I meet with clients whom I consider fat, I feel a sense of disapproval toward them. How can I change my attitude?

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What to Do When Therapy Stalls

Bill Doherty on Handling the Issue of Progress Before it's a Crisis

Rich Simon

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?

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Letting the Body Lead

Ann Randolph on Truly Embodied Emotion

Rich Simon

Much of therapy taps into emotions through words—talking through behavioral and emotional problems, recounting past events, or discussing aspirations. But for some clients, talking and thinking too much about their problems is a problem in and of itself.

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Understanding Clients’ Hidden Challenges

Janina Fisher on When Deeply Buried Issues Stall Therapy

Rich Simon

It happens to the most perceptive of us—we begin working with a client believing that we have a good grasp of the problem they’ll be tackling in therapy, only to end up mired in a bog of unexpected issues that bring progress to a halt.

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Psychotherapy as Experiential Drama

Jeffrey Zeig on Bridging the Gap between Knowing and Realizing

Rich Simon

In our own lives and in our work with clients, we often find that simply knowing what we need to do isn’t enough.

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What Really Motivates the Resistant Client?

Clifton Mitchell on Finding Emotionally Compelling Reasons to Change

Rich Simon

Push up against a resistant client, you get more resistance. Try a comforting, helpful approach, and you can undermine a client's motivation to act. So what's a therapist to do?

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Attempting Connection with the Resistant Client

Can You Help a Client Want to Change?

David Johnson

In my several decades of practice, one skill that’s served me well in this field is my ability to leave work at the office. But every once in a while, I see clients whose situation intrigues, moves, or confounds me in a way that keeps them in my thoughts in between sessions.

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Making Creativity in the Consulting Room Productive

Steve Andreas on the Clinical Mastery of Virginia Satir

Rich Simon

What does inventive therapy look like? We often overlook that for all skilled therapists, there are well-established patterns and techniques underlying even the most innovative decisions.

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Defiance vs. Compliance—Two Faces Of The Reactant Client

John Norcross on Different Approaches that Work with Each Extreme

Rich Simon

Reactance is a personality characteristic that manifests as one of two extremes—defiance and opposition at one end of the spectrum, and compliance and dependency on the other.

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