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In the Room

A blog focussing upon cognitive behavioural & psychodynamic techniques & issues “in the room” rather than case or theoretical discussions. Chris Allan is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Psychology Clinic at the University of Wollongong in New...

Dibs In Search Of Self

A detailed, session-by-session account of a therapeutic intervention. Written by the therapist and detailing all the detours & blind alleys that never make it into textbook accounts of the therapeutic process. Many clients, some famous and some not so famous,...

I have to breach confidentiality – part 2

Disclosures requiring that confidentiality be breached are rare. A little preparation should permit you to focus upon supporting your client through the process, preserving your therapeutic rapport. In part one, we considered how to react when a breach of...

Transfer control of the session with codes

Unfamiliar co-therapists can use code phrases to transfer control of the session. Both they and the client can then focus on the client’s issues rather than the dynamics between the therapists. While there should be no confusion in the mind of the client as to...

Hypotheticals encourage proactive supervision

Using supervision to plan ahead for common and uncommon events has advantages for therapist and client. Both gain when the therapist has considered their range of responses ahead of time. Ideally, clinical supervision is proactive. You discuss the progress of your...