Becoming a Therapist: What Do I Say, and Why? by Suzanne Bender MD, Edward Messner MD

By Suzanne Bender MD, Edward Messner MD

This publication offers scholars and amateur clinicians with nuts-and-bolts recommendation concerning the means of doing remedy, beginning with the 1st touch with a brand new sufferer. Suzanne Bender, on the time a junior clinician, and Edward Messner, a pro practitioner and manager, offer a distinct, mixed viewpoint on how remedy is performed, what works and what does not paintings in remedy, and the way to maintain oneself as a clinician. prepared round the remedy of 1 fictitious sufferer, with different case examples introduced in as wanted, the ebook speaks on to the questions, issues, and insecurities that starting therapists normally face. Written with candor and empathy, it bargains authoritative tips for figuring out and resolving universal medical dilemmas.

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The last few months have been the worst of my life. THERAPIST: If it isn’t too painful, could you tell more about how they 28 THE CONSULTATION have been the worst in your life [using Sallie’s words to facilitate her associations]? SALLIE: Well, I haven’t been sleeping or eating very well. I just feel mopey. I’m studying business at college; I’m a junior now. Usually I can focus really well, but for weeks now, my concentration has been shot. Once the first few sessions are labeled as a consultation, they acquire a structure and a purpose.

The last few months have been the worst of my life. THERAPIST: If it isn’t too painful, could you tell more about how they 28 THE CONSULTATION have been the worst in your life [using Sallie’s words to facilitate her associations]? SALLIE: Well, I haven’t been sleeping or eating very well. I just feel mopey. I’m studying business at college; I’m a junior now. Usually I can focus really well, but for weeks now, my concentration has been shot. Once the first few sessions are labeled as a consultation, they acquire a structure and a purpose.

Dr. ” He paused and didn’t answer my question right away. Instead, we discussed whether my current plan of action adequately protected my patient’s confidentiality. I hadn’t considered that privacy was a therapeutic issue before the patient even entered the office. As Dr. Messner explained, protecting a patient’s confidentiality must be a priority. By calling my patient’s name in a common waiting area, I would have failed to safeguard her identity. For psychotherapy to 19 20 THE CONSULTATION be successful, the therapist must earn the patient’s trust by respecting and protecting her privacy from the moment that the treatment begins.

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