Teens in Therapy: Making It Their Own / Edition 1

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Every therapist knows that adolescents are difficult and challenging clients.
Push a teen too hard for change and you risk upsetting the fragile balance of trust, distracting from the work at hand, and possibly leading therapy in the wrong direction. Take too light an approach, however, and an adolescent becomes disengaged and bored, unwilling to work at therapy or likely to terminate therapy prematurely.
Therapists need to strike a balance between being respectful and directive. But how do you show understanding for the immediate problems of teens while helping them to become more confident, connected, and fulfilled individuals in the longer term? Bromfield answers this question by offering therapists key insights and helping them to understand that, in the therapeutic context, adolescents as well as their therapists often feel lost and sometimes are unsure as to why they meet and what therapy can achieve. Teens in Therapy is the perfect guidebook to this difficult clinical terrain.
Drawing on years of clinical experience, Bromfield shows therapists that in order to affect change in their clients, adolescents have to want to change, realize what their problems are and how they contribute to them, and, most important, take ownership of their therapy and their lives. Organized into 18 chapters that explore specific treatment techniques—valuing the adolescent, promoting honesty, facilitating self-revelation, spotlighting conflict, speaking the patient’s language, avoiding the doldrums, working with parents, and more—readers will find an enlightening examination of the problems inherent in adolescent therapy, and come away with effective strategies to foresee, address, and then overcome them.Filled with rich case material, Teens in Therapy focuses on the stories and perspectives of adolescents themselves, arming therapists with a clearer sense of purpose and strategy, and giving them the tools necessary to effectively engage their teenage clients in therapy and help them to assume greater responsibility for their treatments and futures.

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Editorial Reviews

“Filled with rich case material, Teens in Therapy focuses on the stories and perspectives of adolescents themselves, arming therapists with a dearer sense of purpose and strategy.”
Counseling Resource
“Clearly written, down to Earth and at times humorous … Bursting with real life examples of characters who howl, swear, make up fantastic stories and fall asleep through their sessions—but whom Bromfield portrays with respect and affection.”
Psychotherapy Review
“Cannot imagine a more practical guide on how to do therapy with adolescents.”
New England Psychologist
“Lively, practical, note-perfect guidance to therapists of adolescents.”
Dutch Journal of Psychiatry
“A very practical and enjoyable book to read... a must for therapists who work with adolescents.”
Harry G. Segal
“A pleasure to read... the result is a suspenseful, engaging, and truly wise text that deserves to become a standard in the field.”
Anyone who is interested in adolescent psychology or who has ever struggled with adolescents or adolescent clients in therapy will benefit from reading this book.
New England Psychologist
Lively, practical, note-perfect guidance to therapists of adolescents. Indispensable for young therapists... will also be of interest to more seasoned practitioners and supervisors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393704648
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 598,666
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Bromfield, Ph.D., is a psychologist at Harvard Medical School and author of Handle with Care: Understanding Children and Teachers and Playing for Real. He lives in Brookline with his wife and teenage children.

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Table of Contents

1 Whose therapy, whose life? : fostering the patient's ownership of therapy 1
2 Neither voodoo nor magic : using therapy to help teens achieve change 11
3 Who wants what? : identifying and prioritizing treatment goals 23
4 Precious goods : valuing the adolescent 31
5 Truth or consequences : assessing and promoting honesty in therapy 41
6 Polishing your mirror : facilitating self-revelation 51
7 Tread gently : respecting self-esteem and its vulnerability 61
8 Lights, camera, action! : spotlighting conflict 73
9 You talking to me? : confronting patients in therapy 85
10 Work it! : keeping teens working at therapy 97
11 Word up : speaking the patient's language 107
12 Free to be : setting limits in therapy 119
13 All that jazz : educating, problem-solving, advocating : helping teens beyond formal therapy 129
14 Thinking outside the couch : getting therapeutically creative 139
15 Yawn : moving beyond boredom and the doldrums 151
16 Sow's ears, silk purses, and silver linings : finding opportunity in crisis 161
17 Failures, missteps, and lost causes : learning and recovering from the inevitable 175
18 Helping hands : working with parents 187
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