Compassionate Therapy: Working with Difficult Clients / Edition 1

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Compassionate Therapy explores the characteristics of difficult clients. Arguing that resistance and conflict can be a constructive force, Kottler shows how practitioners can use these struggles to examine their own abilities, deepen their compassion, and improve therapeutic flexibility and effectiveness.
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Tips on overcoming obstacles in therapeutic encounters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

JEFFREY A. KOTTLER is professor of counseling and educational psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kottler is an internationally recognized authority in the area of human relationships, and the author of thirteen books, including the highly acclaimed On Being a Therapist (1993), and The Compleat Therapist (1991), both from Jossey-Bass.
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Table of Contents


The Nature of Resistance.

Profiles of Difficult Clients.

Calling Clients Names.

In the Eye of the Beholder.


When Therapists Sabotage Themselves.

Talking to the Winds.

Games Therapists Play.


In Case I Decide to Kill Myself.

I'm Coming Back Until You Fix Me.

You Can't Make Me Talk.

I Don't Have a Problem He/She Does.

I Already Told You This Before?

Yes, No, Maybe, I Don't Know.


Confronting Unresolved Issues.

Thinking Constructively, Feeling Compassionately.

Solidifying Therapeutic Alliances.

Practical Strategies for Resolving Impasses.

Rules of Engagement.

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