Effective Psychotherapy for Patient and Therapist

Effective Psychotherapy for Patient and Therapist

Effective Psychotherapy for Patient and Therapist

Effective Psychotherapy for Patient and Therapist

Synopsis

This highly practical work is an indispensible guide for patients undergoing treatment who would like a better idea of what to expect, laypersons considering psychotherapy and wondering if it is right for them, and therapists wishing to reduce their own anxiety and maximize effectiveness of treatment. Meisler gives specific directions for the application of both old and new psychotherapeutic techniques, within the context of a dynamic attitude toward treatment. He covers attitudes needed by both patient and therapist upon entering a therapeutic situation, character armor and the erosion of defenses, major interventions, and basic issues from problems commonly encountered in psychotherapy to the process of ending treatment.

Excerpt

Looking back, I realize that this book had its genesis in experiences during my two years in graduate school. I attended classes a few days and worked as a trainee in a social agency the other days of the week. During this time, both the school and the training supervisor were questioning me because I was not applying what I was taught in the classroom to actual situations. How was I going to tell these well-intentioned, more experienced, better-trained, better-educated people -- full professors, mind you, people who had published books and articles -- that most of what they were teaching and expecting me to use did not work? Social work interviewing has a large therapeutic component in its make-up. the social worker tries to help the person or family modify the emotions and feelings that interfere with relationships or the use of their environment. I was taught principles that did not tell me specifically and concretely what I should do. They were too vague. Today, I think an individual apprenticeship is needed which no school teaching psychotherapeutic techniques, then or now, can afford.

The only way I seemed to help people was by reacting to them as one human being to another. Even that did not work too well because too much of me became personally involved with what I was doing, and their lives became my life. I told them what to do and expected them to do it as if I were talking to myself. They rightly refused my demands.

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