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Is "Resistance" in the Therapy Room Really Dead?

Using Resistance as a Chance to Improve Your Therapy Skills

Clifton Mitchell

By Clifton Mitchell - With all the recent developments in research, theory, and practice, we have more treatment options to choose from than ever before. Why then do so many practitioners still find client “resistance” a regular companion in their consulting rooms? After many years, I’ve learned that rather than seeing our clients’ frustrating reactions as obstacles that we need to overcome, we can use them as valuable information with which to steer the therapeutic conversation more skillfully.

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When Therapy Stalls: the Do’s, Don’ts, and a Practical Approach that Works

Psychotherapy Networker

Don’t wait till you get bored. Don’t wait till drastic action is the only option. Act as soon as you sense that progress is leveling off or your client is slipping backwards.

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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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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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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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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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