Advanced Psychotherapy Techniques
by Allan Abbass, MD
About half of all psychotherapy clients have little to no response?or can even worsen?in treatment. Why? They unknowingly use treatment-defeating behaviors, or resistances, that prevent emotional closeness and successful collaboration with the therapist.
Reaching through Resistance will help you
? detect treatment resistance from the first client contact
? understand the emotional factors behind resistance
? discern various degrees and forms of resistance
? recognize signs of anxiety in the body
? activate and monitor unprocessed, unconscious impulses and feelings
? turn a client against his/her long-held defeating behaviors
? regulate intense anxiety when emotions are activated
? mobilize the client?s unconscious wish to become well
? recognize signs of a powerful healing force: the unconscious therapeutic alliance
By detecting avoidance patterns and using specific interventions developed to handle them, you can empower a collaborative, vigorous treatment alliance with your client.