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Remove the miraculous from the Miracle Question

The Miracle Question can elicit negative responses from some clients. These negative reactions can be avoided by rephrasing the question without the miraculous element. The Miracle Question is used by Solution-Oriented Therapists to elicit the conditions which would...

Relaxation Techniques: A Practical Handbook

A compendium of relaxation techniques. This book supports the clinical practice of physical and psychological therapists seeking to explore the field of relaxation training or to tailor their approach to individual clients. There are many different approaches to...

Using clients’ given names uninvited can backfire

Uninvited use of a client’s given name can impede rapport in a number of ways. Moving from a position of formality to informality and intimacy is easier than backtracking. A therapist’s first encounter with a client usually requires the use of their name, if...

Slow speech makes for clear communication

Speaking more slowly can improve communication between therapist and client. Slow speech is more comprehensible and more considered. Anxiety is characterised by rapid speech. Therapists, especially trainees, may be anxious in sessions, but may also feel the need to...

Practicing Therapy

A collection of exercises for developing therapists. The insights to be derived from this book should improve the practice of any therapist. Somewhere there’s a book that all the experienced therapists know about and it’s not about how to do therapy, it’s about...

The Road to Recovery is not smooth

Continual improvement in therapy is the exception, not the rule. Stalls and deterioration may indicate a problem with the client, therapist or both, but may also be a sign of progress onto dealing with greater difficulties masked by the initial problem. The impression...

What is your one aim for any session?

Having too many goals can be as bad as having no goals. This is as true for therapists as for our clients, yet therapists may enter into a session with far too many goals to achieve in one sitting. Trainees often struggle with first appointments, in which there is so...

DoctorQ on PocketDoctor.co.uk

A useful list of questions to ask your family doctor. These questions cover most eventualities in family medicine, but are also useful pointers to the information other therapists should be able to provide their clients. The average GP consultation leaves little time...

Manipulative therapists get manipulative clients

“Manipulative” clients may be reacting to overly controlling therapists. Before using such a destructive label, it is worth asking why someone would need to manipulate their therapist if they have agreed common goals. “Manipulative” is one of a therapist’s...

Writing when you speak preserves eye contact

Writing only when you are speaking maintains normal eye contact. This serves to normalise the interaction, reassures the client that they have your attention and that you are writing what they are saying. Writing while the other person is speaking reverses the normal...