Topic - Challenging Clients & Treatment Populations

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When Therapy Stalls Out

Five Tips for Getting Out of the Rut

Psychotherapy Networker

A therapist has been working with a client for eight years but fears that their progress has stalled. Five therapists weigh in on how to proceed.

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Conspiracy Theories in the Consulting Room

Speak Up, or Stay Quiet?

Psychotherapy Networker

What practical guidance can you offer a therapist who has been working with a client that has started expressing misinformed views rooted in conspiracy theories? Five clinicians weigh in.

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"Networker Live" with Dafna Lender

Interactive Discussions with Networker Contributors

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The Networker's director of CE, Zach Taylor, sat down for a live conversation and Q&A with therapist and author Dafna Lender, discussing Dafna's recent article and approach to working with intergenerational trauma.

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The Child Confidentiality Bind

How to Involve Families When Treating Teens

Laura Kastner

It’s a tall order to maintain a teen client’s privacy and build rapport with them when you’re including their parents in the mix. But having the right kind of confidentiality agreement in place can make this work a lot easier.

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My Client is Spinning Her Wheels

Five Clinicians Weigh In

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Week after week, a client’s sessions focus on her issues with her partner. Her therapist thinks couples therapy would be tremendously helpful, but the partner refuses to attend. The therapist worries her client is just spinning her wheels in individual therapy, since all she talks about are the changes she wants to see in her relationship, and isn't sure how to help her. Five therapists share how they'd proceed.

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March Quandary: Yikes, I’m Attracted to My Client

Five Clinicians Weigh In

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A therapist finds her client attractive and says their conversations sometimes border on flirtatious. She says she'd never act on these feelings, but worries about how it might affect their work together. She's also not sure whether to bring this up, how she might do so, and whether to refer him out. Five clinicians share how they'd handle the situation.

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February Quandary: My Angry Client is Getting to Me

Five Clinicians Weigh In

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Mark has anger issues, and his therapist finds herself getting extremely reactive when he loses his temper in therapy. Recently, he called her “a joke” and stormed out of the room. She wants to stand up for herself, but doesn't want to derail their work. Five clinicians share how they'd proceed.

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My Nightmare Client, My Greatest Gift

Sometimes Our "Worst" Clients Are Our Best Teachers

Martha Straus

By Martha Straus - My young client, Brian, can reduce even confident mid-life adults to an infantile puddle, one provocative comment at a time. He's a therapist's nightmare. But he’s also the universe's gift to me. He measures my commitment to the work, to him, to my ideas about therapy, to my best self.

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November Quandary: How Do I Bring Up My Client’s Rigid Perfectionism?

Five Clinicians Weigh In

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By Chris Lyford - A client sees his perfectionism as an advantage, even though it ramps up his anxiety, exacerbates his sense of shame, and keeps him living a very rigid life. He brushes off his therapist every time she brings it up. Five therapists weigh in with how they'd respond.

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VIDEO: Handling Microaggressions in Therapy

An Eight-Step Process for Talking About It With Your Clients

Anatasia Kim

Let's say your client lets a microaggression slip during a session. Do you bring it up? Therapist and author Anatasia Kim shares her eight-step process for having a conversation with clients when this happens.

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