NP0021 The 6 Most Challenging Issues in Therapy

This blog focuses on discussion regarding the course NP0021 The 6 Most Challenging Issues in Therapy... and How Therapists Can Overcome Them.

How to Avoid Client Resistance to Therapy


The Best Approaches to Circumventing Resistance

Clifton Mitchell, one of the presenters in our upcoming streaming-video webcast series on the six most challenging issues therapists can face in session, focuses on client resistance to therapy. In his presentation, he discusses what client resistance really means and how therapists can intervene.

This clip provides previews what therapists can do—and what therapists need to find out—in order to create an effective motivator for clients to change.

Clifton Mitchell is a professor at East Tennessee State University, where he received the Teacher of the Year award in 2002. He’s the author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients.

The 6 Most Challenging Issues in Therapy
...And How Therapists Can Overcome Them

Starts Thursday, June 21st

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05.25.2012   Posted In: NP0021 The 6 Most Challenging Issues in Therapy   By Psychotherapy Networker
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  • Not available avatar Hanna McDonough 05.27.2012 17:28
    I love what Clifton Mitchell is saying. Why do we comfort instead of stirring up
    the pain, the rage, the longing for something different? Something heart stopping?
    Who are we protecting? What is it we are hiding from in our own lives?
    I think many of us were not heard when we talkedh haltingly of our pain, dissatisfaction
    So we hit the automatic pilot button & repeat our story, as we encourage our clients to repeat
    not resolve. And yet every client problem is an opportunity to together
    face down the fear of real profound change in both of us
    Thank you for such nourishment
    Hanna McDonough
  • Not available avatar Pam Hurley 05.29.2012 19:10
    I know as a family therapist it's often not comfortable for myself to push the comfort boundaries of the family dynamics, let alone for the family members. People often hide behind their comfort and avoid change like the plague. To be the messenger or instigator of uncomfortable change often bring to the surface clients' anger and threats to leave therapy. I don't know many therapists who like to be the target of a patient's angst but it's often necessary to tolerate it in order to create the much needed change.
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