Topic - Challenging Clients & Treatment Populations

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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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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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The Inevitability of Challenging Clients

Janina Fisher on Seeing the Cracks in the Foundation

Rich Simon

After working as a therapist for a number of years, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking there's no case that's too difficult for you to handle. But, inevitably, we all eventually face a client who challenges us.

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Losing Focus as a Therapist

Mary Jo Barrett on Being Better Attuned to Clients

Rich Simon

We know that our primary initial responsibility as a therapist is to listen intently to what the client says, giving them our undivided attention. But being only human, there are times when we get distracted and are no longer focused on what the client is telling us.

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From Good Person to Ethical Professional

Mitch Handelsman on the Effectiveness of Ethics Acculturation

Rich Simon

There’s a big difference between being a generally nice person with good intentions and an ethical professional. So how do we bridge that gap?

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To Self-Disclose, or Not to Self-Disclose?

Ken Hardy on Why Not Self-Disclosing Can Hurt Therapy

Rich Simon

Long held under a shroud of formality for various ethical reasons, psychotherapy has had some growing pains in trying to adjust and adapt to the new laid-back way of life.

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