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Therapy Needs More Than Just "Big Moments"

The Two Elements That Hold the Key to Change

David Waters • 10/20/2017

By David Waters - I used to get very excited when I thought that clients were about to embark on what I called a project—a course of action that crystallized a problem into a unifying undertaking. But however valuable creativity can be in setting up the conditions in which transformation may take place, change itself requires repetition and commitment to altering habits.

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Giving Therapy Clients a Little Push for Big Change

Balancing Long-Term Therapy Goals with Instant Remedies

David Waters • 5/14/2015

What first made me fall in love with being a therapist was the idea that I could make a living by having conversations that cut through everyday pretenses, got directly to the heart of the matter, and helped people change their lives. That was then, and this is now. Today as a profession---and as a society---we're much more fearbound and rule conscious than we used to be. Yet the sacred space of the therapy room is the ideal place to really exercise your creativity. It's taken me more than 30 years to realize that it's the combination of two strange bedfellows---imagination and repetition---that holds the key to change.

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Embracing Creativity and Play in Therapy

Taking Risks in the Therapy Room to Create Change

David Waters • 3/3/2015

In these days of Managed Care and Therapeutic Minimalism, my biggest concern about therapy is that we don't ask enough of it. Too often, we don't push ourselves or our clients hard enough to make the changes that make a real difference in people's lives. It's taken me more than 30 years to realize that it's the combination of two strange bedfellows---imagination and repetition---that holds the key to change. To move clients out of their ruts, their numbness, and their stuck places, we need to get their attention and start their adrenaline going at a rate that wakes them up and helps them to experience the fullness of life again.

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Copyright:
3/19/2013
Authors:
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
BRAD SACHS, PHD
 
DAVID WATERS, PHD
 
JAY EFRAN, PH.D.
 
MARY SYKES WYLIE, PHD
 
MICHAEL VENTURA, PHD
 
MITCHELL GREENE, PHD
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NRC095564

The Big Moment

Inspiration Vs. Perpiration in the Therapy Room

David Waters • 1/2/2009

We need Big Moments to move clients out of their ruts, their numbness, and their stuck places. But the Big Moment needs many little moments to make it stick.

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Copyright:
3/19/2013
Authors:
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
BRAD SACHS, PHD
 
DAVID WATERS, PHD
 
JAY EFRAN, PH.D.
 
MARY SYKES WYLIE, PHD
 
MICHAEL VENTURA, PHD
 
MITCHELL GREENE, PHD
Product:
NRC095564
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Therapy Needs More Than Just "Big Moments"

The Two Elements That Hold the Key to Change

David Waters • 10/20/2017

By David Waters - I used to get very excited when I thought that clients were about to embark on what I called a project—a course of action that crystallized a problem into a unifying undertaking. But however valuable creativity can be in setting up the conditions in which transformation may take place, change itself requires repetition and commitment to altering habits.

Daily Blog

Giving Therapy Clients a Little Push for Big Change

Balancing Long-Term Therapy Goals with Instant Remedies

David Waters • 5/14/2015

What first made me fall in love with being a therapist was the idea that I could make a living by having conversations that cut through everyday pretenses, got directly to the heart of the matter, and helped people change their lives. That was then, and this is now. Today as a profession---and as a society---we're much more fearbound and rule conscious than we used to be. Yet the sacred space of the therapy room is the ideal place to really exercise your creativity. It's taken me more than 30 years to realize that it's the combination of two strange bedfellows---imagination and repetition---that holds the key to change.

Daily Blog

Embracing Creativity and Play in Therapy

Taking Risks in the Therapy Room to Create Change

David Waters • 3/3/2015

In these days of Managed Care and Therapeutic Minimalism, my biggest concern about therapy is that we don't ask enough of it. Too often, we don't push ourselves or our clients hard enough to make the changes that make a real difference in people's lives. It's taken me more than 30 years to realize that it's the combination of two strange bedfellows---imagination and repetition---that holds the key to change. To move clients out of their ruts, their numbness, and their stuck places, we need to get their attention and start their adrenaline going at a rate that wakes them up and helps them to experience the fullness of life again.

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The Big Moment

Inspiration Vs. Perpiration in the Therapy Room

David Waters • 1/2/2009

We need Big Moments to move clients out of their ruts, their numbness, and their stuck places. But the Big Moment needs many little moments to make it stick.

Magazine Article
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David Waters, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was a professor of family medicine and psychiatry at the University of Virginia Medical School for 37 years. He retired in 2008.