By Seth Eichler
Each new therapist faces a primary consultation, frequently with trepidation. How do they arrange for that first consultation? How do they understand what instruments to use on that first day, and over these first few weeks? Beginnings in Psychotherapy may also help readers to start to respond to these questions and begin psychotherapy with elevated self belief. moreover it's going to supply readers with an figuring out of the foundational instruments and history, in addition to supplying a convenience point with the hot territory of changing into a therapist. In a conversational, obtainable tone, the writer stocks his years of expertise, with out being dogmatic or dense. as an alternative, he engages readers warmly, instantly is helping them extend their realizing and infrequently is helping them examine the professionals and cons of definite judgements, with out insisting that the readers stick to a specific rule or coverage.
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If the patient is led to question a therapist’s honesty, then doesn’t that make the whole treatment situation seem a sham? It would seem so. Handling missed sessions In his early writings, Freud advocated that analysts charge patients for missed sessions. We’ll consider this frame issue here. There are two main reasons for charging patients for missed sessions. indb 33 11/20/09 12:03:44 PM 34 B E G I N N I N G S I N P S Y C H OT H E R A P Y clinical, the other practical. Freud indicated that, since resistance (which we’ll discuss later) is universal, it will inevitably appear in all kinds of manifestations, including missed sessions.
Another extreme example of an unsafe atmosphere would be frighteningly different affective moods on the part of the therapist. If a therapist’s affect varies too much between, or within, sessions, one can imagine the effect. indb 35 11/20/09 12:03:45 PM 36 B E G I N N I N G S I N P S Y C H OT H E R A P Y or overly involved in a patient’s life, this may also seduce, disturb, or frighten a patient. Ultimately our main function is to be a translator. Anything else could be a seduction and a lie. More on this later.
Indb 38 11/20/09 12:03:46 PM CHAPTER SEVEN The consultation T he initial portion of a treatment, called the consultation, is different from what follows. Of course it means what it says; the patient is consulting you about their problems. It’s done in the context of everything we’ve discussed so far. It’s done empathically, sensitively, with appreciation of the pain and discomfort someone experiences in revealing intimate information to a stranger, information they may never have discussed with anyone else.