In spite of what seems to be as many different therapy methods as stars in the sky, and in spite of reams of outcome studies, no empirically studied model appears to show any real advantage over any other. Does this mean we should all pack up our framed degrees, sell our therapy books, and go into real estate? Of course not. Therapy does work—often exceptionally well—but not as routinely or predictably as we’d like. Seasoned clinicians know that practicing therapy is always more than just following the technical rules they’ve been taught. Engaging a new client is a leap into the unknown, the beginning of an exploration into uncharted human geography.
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Making Quick Work of Lasting Change
Some claim that much of psychotherapy is a pseudoscience, promising far more than it can deliver, with lengthy, expensive interventions for the common problems clients present. What if we could quickly bring about lasting therapeutic change by modifying a few, simple unconscious processes?
Upgrading the Software: A One-Session Cure for An Obnoxious Habit
Sometimes there’s no need for a detailed assessment of a client’s entire life history and their family relationships, especially when the desired outcome is changing an automatic habit like nose-picking.
Detoxifying Criticism: How to Help Clients Gain Perspective
An innovative way of working with people who are hypersensitive to criticism.
Breaking the Chain of Resentment: How to Help Clients Move Past Old Wounds
How do you strike a balance between validation and empowerment in helping those afflicted with chronic resentment?
Don’t Overthink Your Interventions
In our profession, it’s often more alluring to explore new gimmicks than to acknowledge that our success largely hinges on simple, commonsense factors.
Letting Go of Hate: How to help clients change unconscious responses
Many well-intentioned therapists have suggested that their clients just “let go” of hate, as if it were a heavy load that they could simply drop to the ground.
Knowledge Doesn’t Replace Clinical Skill
Therapists were doing helpful work long before neuroscience made its official debut and the field developed a collective case of “brain fever.” In fact, at this stage of its development, neuroscience may be irrelevant to what needs to happen in therapy.
7 Questions to Ask When Therapy is Stuck
When therapy goes wrong, it’s typically because we’ve entered our clients’ trance, joining them in their myopic misery. Once there, our job is to break the spell, broaden the vision, and open ourselves to possibilities outside the tunnel.
Therapy’s Nonverbal Dance: Are You in Step with Your Clients?
Noticing a client’s nonverbal shifts isn’t enough. You must know what these shifts mean.
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