By Seth Eichler
Each new therapist faces a primary consultation, usually with trepidation. How do they arrange for that first consultation? How do they be aware of 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 assurance. additionally it's going to offer readers with an knowing of the foundational instruments and historical past, in addition to supplying a convenience point with the hot territory of changing into a therapist. In a conversational, available tone, the writer stocks his years of expertise, with no being dogmatic or dense. as a substitute, he engages readers warmly, instantly is helping them extend their realizing and sometimes is helping them examine the professionals and cons of yes judgements, with no insisting that the readers stick to a selected rule or coverage.
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Conscious and unconscious fears about what patients will learn about themselves, and also reveal to a therapist, are universal. When you ask a patient to say everything, you are also, in effect, requesting them to allow themselves to regress. Free association allows thoughts, feelings, and fantasies from the past to be exposed—and, as with all of the other techniques we’re discussing, provides helpful entry to their unconscious (the regressive part of the mind). Free association leads to new and different associations, as well as expanding access to more and more unconscious material.
You can imagine the inhibition in freedom resulting from the outrageous interjection of that homophobic therapist. A less cartoonish example: A married man, a health professional, who is in his mid-thirties and has been having serious marital troubles, presents for treatment. He’s been chronically unhappy for many years with his wife, and sees her as rigid and preventing him from having fun. He finds himself falling in love with somebody he works with, and begins to think about having an affair with this person.
Indb 30 11/20/09 12:03:43 PM THE FRAME 31 the amount of space a therapist has available, the room’s location (in a private office, clinic, or hospital), and whether the room itself changes due to administrative constraints. Some therapists may prefer to be physically closer to those they work with than others, for both conscious and unconscious reasons. The physical distance between patient and therapist can be meaningful. One can imagine a patient’s reaction to a therapist who moves his chair closer to, or further away from, the patient at different sessions.
Beginnings in Psychotherapy: A Guidebook for New Therapists by Seth Eichler