An accessible argument in favour of the scientific method. The book provides tools for discriminating science from pseudoscience and knowledge from speculation.
Therapists should be aware that clients may see them in a very different light. They should also be aware that these impressions are a matter of perspective and there may be fewer real differences than either therapist or client imagines.
Be prepared to deal with the companions clients may bring to therapy. Dealing gracefully and helpfully with them can't hurt your relationship with the client.
Therapists often assure clients that the information they provide is confidential. Confidential is defined as â€œintended to be kept secretâ€. Whether the information will be kept as secret as the client (or therapist) imagines depends upon the therapist and the service.
Clientsâ€™ perceptions of rapport may be enhanced by silences. Therapists who are uncomfortable with silence should remind themselves that their clientâ€™s interpretation of the silence may be much more positive.
Some terms used by therapists to describe clients have meanings which wonâ€™t be found in textbooks. Use of these terms is rarely of benefit to the client, although the term may say as much about the therapist as the client.
If you donâ€™t know your clientâ€™s strengths, how can you capitalise upon them? Client factors account for 40% of the variance in outcomes and a wise therapist will play to their clientâ€™s strengths.
Some rules of thumb are derived from experience, accurate or otherwise, (eg: the praecox effect) and some from hard research (eg: people with memory problems donâ€™t admit to them), but all have a common flaw: even if true, they are both generalisations across a population and specific to the circumstances of their origin.
A guide to psychotropic medication for therapists and their clients. This book lays out the pros & cons of mind-altering prescription drugs from a critical but balanced perspective.
Trainees (and clients) need to know that crying is common in therapy. Experienced therapists need to remember that crying may be common in therapy, but that crying in front of a stranger is probably a rare experience for any given client: you may now be relaxed about the situation, but they arenâ€™t!