NP0021 The 6 Most Challenging Issues in Therapy

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The 6 Biggest Challenges Therapists Face


And How to Overcome Them

Everybody knows that therapy is basically about making people’s pain go away, right? Depression, rage, nagging guilt, obsession, anxiety, fear—these are the dragons that blight clients’ lives. And if the dragons can’t be vanquished outright, then they must be drugged or hypnotized into submission, or reframed into innocuousness. But as straightforward as it sounds, every clinician knows what it’s like to find yourself up against the brick wall of a client’s impervious suffering and seeming refusal to change—no matter how hard you huff or puff, you can’t blow the problem down.

HelpImageWe inhabit a field that thrives on hearing about brilliant clinical interventions and thrilling new treatment models. But the fact is that many of us regularly struggle with cases that don’t quite pan out the way we hope, not to mention the terrible cases that even years afterward have the power to make us cringe and make us wonder whatever happened to that client after he slinked away or stormed out of our office one last time.

So we decided to bring together a group of veteran therapists to take a candid look at the kind of cases and clinical situations that regularly take us to the edge of what we know and who we are as people and as would-be healers. Part of what’s fascinating about our upcoming webcast series Overcoming The Six Biggest Challenges Therapists Face is hearing from leaders in our field about what they identify as the challenge that most stands out for them and then asking yourself what your own most daunting clinical challenge happens to be.

But even more fascinating is the opportunity that this nuts-and-bolts, highly practical series offers to examine exactly how we as therapists often both create and foster resistance in our clients. Each of the interviews in this series goes beyond vague theory and therapeutic bromides to explore the fine points of clinical craft that make the difference between helping difficult clients as opposed to just hitting your head against the wall. Here’s a chance to learn how to make a difference with those cases—and you know which ones they are—that can seem proof against everything you think you know about therapy or human nature.

For more information about our new webcast series, just click here.
05.23.2012   Posted In: NP0021 The 6 Most Challenging Issues in Therapy   By Rich Simon
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  • Not available avatar Tamera 05.23.2012 17:29
    Why would I want to read a blog that is just a commercial. C'mon. You can do better than that!
  • Not available avatar gayle 05.23.2012 20:37
    I agree with Tamera. Disappointing!
  • Not available avatar Lisa 05.23.2012 20:38
    I really don't appreciate receiving constant messages about seminars, webcasts etc that you are trying to sell.
  • Not available avatar Monica 05.23.2012 20:46
    I agree as well. A blog is not supposed to be an infomercial.
  • Not available avatar Judith 05.23.2012 20:51
    Disappointing and unethical...
  • Not available avatar kathy 05.24.2012 07:57
    I disagree, reading the blog helped me decide to take the webinar. thanks
  • 0 avatar Psychotherapy Networker 05.24.2012 09:17
    Hi everyone -

    Thanks for reading our most recent blog post and letting us know what you think. Here are some links to free articles
    about some of the big challenges that'll be covered in our upcoming webcast series.
    You can take a look at these free articles right now: Janina Fisher and Pat Ogden's
    Case Study on retraining the brain
    (http://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/component/content/article/301-2011-marchapril/1263-case-study), Wendy Behary's In Consultation on what to do when
    your "hot buttons" get pushed in therapy
    (http://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/recentissues/826-in-consultation),and William Doherty on treating the mixed-agenda couple(http://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/magazine/recentissues/2011-novdec/item/1439-in-or-out). Let us know what you think about these free articles and feel free to share them with your colleagues, too. Also, check back later—we’ll be posting a video portion of each session that features a concrete, actionable insight.

    Psychotherapy Networker
  • 0 avatar Nicole OConnell 05.24.2012 16:16
    I agreed with the first few comments and was pleased to see the response with links to free articles. I read the first article and it was helpful. I look forward to reading the rest of them when I have more time. If future blogs include a link to a helpul article or two, I will be more inclined to read them. Thanks.
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