Beyond the Niceness Trap
Do you “play nice” and shy away from confrontation with evasive, oppressive, prickly, pompous, or narcissistic clients—even when you know that challenging them and setting limits is precisely what you should do? Then this is the workshop for you. You’ll learn specific strategies to address the discomfort, fears, and desire to be liked that can get in the way of your meeting the challenges such clients pose. Discover how to:
- Say “no” with your face and body language, as you learn how not to look, act, or feel like a doormat
- Use empathic confrontation to reengage with clients while also setting limits and holding them accountable
- Identify and explore your own triggers to enhance your ability to differentiate between protecting clients and holding back from expressing truths that may be painful but necessary
Continued with workshop 312.
Wendy Behary, LCSW, is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The New Jersey Institute for Schema Therapy. She’s the author of Disarming the Narcissist and Let’s Face It!