NP0021 The 6 Most Challenging Issues in Therapy

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How to Avoid Resistance in Therapy with Clifton Mitchell


The 6 Most Challenging Issues in Therapy: NP0021 - Session 4

Learn how to sidestep common clinical mistakes that promote resistance, and ways to overcome resistance if it does occur. Professor and author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients, Clifton Mitchell describes the best approaches to circumvent resistance, from clarifying goals, slowing down the pace, and helping clients find emotionally compelling reasons to change.

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07.12.2012   Posted In: NP0021 The 6 Most Challenging Issues in Therapy   By Psychotherapy Networker
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  • Not available avatar Joseph Maizlish 07.12.2012 13:29
    I'd like to suggest an addition to how we respond when a client presents a list of their problems, as Dr. Mitchell said is usually (if not universally) the case. Since most of my work is with people at workplaces in the immediate aftermath of critical incidents (deaths including industrial fatalities, robberies, off-site events) and is very short term, so my finding may not apply elsewhere.
    When the people who use individual time at those sites talk about other situations which are adding to their stress (past losses and current stresses), I often sense that it the accumulation itself that they are seeking help with first of all. So I give some attention to that, asking about the emotional and physiological effects of having their load of problems, and if they pick that up, we may then proceed to discussing what they are doing to help themselves with that part of their situation, and what other ideas they and I have that they can try, almost always including some physical measures they can take for responding constructively to high stress. The individuals say (and show by body language) that this is helpful, and apparently report the same if they talk to their supervisors about the sessions.
    Would something like that be helpful in the empathic work Dr. Mitchell suggests at the beginning of a course of therapy? My guess is yes, perhaps others can comment from experience.
  • Not available avatar Fran 07.13.2012 19:45
    Something went wrong with the program at around 38 minutes I hope it can be repaired so we can see the end. What I did get to see was very useful and helpful. I love the 5 stages he so clearly outlined
  • Not available avatar Joy Lang 07.15.2012 13:37
    Thank you for such a helpful webcast. I found the information that was provided to be quite relevant to my practice and I appreciated the invitation to consider that "resistance" might actually be *my* problem, rather than that of my clients. I also really appreciated the idea about the details and how important it is to grind things down smaller and smaller with the client. That is certainly something that I need to do a bit of work on professionally. Thank you again for such a thought provoking talk.
  • Not available avatar Tony J 07.16.2012 07:24
    I've been "attending" Networker webinars for years now. And while there have been many excellent presentations, Dr. Mitchell's was the very best from my perspective. Organized, to the point, and completely filled with useful, logical information. He GIVES us the specifics that he asks for from his clients.

    Some presenters seem to run out of substance and give the same information over and over. Some meander all over the place, in spite of Rich's valiant efforts to find a thread. And not many give me the confidence in their ability that would make seeing them in therapy a possibility for me. But I would consider seeing Dr. Mitchell In Treatment!

    Thanks for all the wonderful opportunities you provide us, Networker. I'm retired but like keeping up and these webinars enable me to do that.

    And find MORE Clifton Mitchells!!
  • 0 avatar Hanusia Tkaczyk 07.16.2012 14:47
    Thanks for a very informative session. The issue of paying attention to stages of change and the analogy to group project (inviting free-loading) really caught my attention. Also, a message I have heard from a few presenters is that people don't change because of logic, they have to have a compelling reason to change. Thanks for that very potent reminder.
  • Not available avatar Nicole 07.17.2012 08:09
    I found this session extremly beneficial in my own role as a therapist as well as for providing concise instruction to my practicum student. However, I am left wondering how his approach and emphasis on details can be used in the single session model/walk-in counselling that is becoming so popular and is the basis of my organization's first interview with most clients.
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