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Becoming a Therapist: What Do I Say, and Why? / Edition 1

Becoming a Therapist: What Do I Say, and Why? / Edition 1

by Suzanne Bender MD, Edward Messner MD
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ISBN-13: 9781572309432
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 11/19/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 374,907
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Suzanne Bender, MD, is a Staff Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Edward Messner, MD, until his death in 2006, was a Senior Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Table of Contents

I. The Consultation
1. First Contact
2. The First Moments
3. Initiating an Alliance and Assessing Safety
4. Enhancing the Therapeutic Alliance and Eliciting History
5. Collecting a Psychosocial History and Screening for Common Psychological Disorders
6. Formulating a Treatment Plan

II. Frame and Variations
7. The Frame
8. Setting the Fee and Billing
9. Telephone Calls: From Dependencies to Emergencies
10. No-Shows, Late Arrivals, and Late Departures
11. Confidentiality and Its Limits

III. Chemistry
12. Substance Abuse
13. Integrating Psychopharmacology with Psychotherapy

IV. Therapeutic Dilemmas
14. Management of Impasses
15. Empathic Lapses
16. Transference and Countertransference
17. Termination


Clinicians, trainees, and residents in any of the mental health disciplines, including clinical and counseling psychology, family therapy, psychiatry, social work, and psychiatric nursing. Serves as a text in graduate-level psychotherapy courses and in psychiatric residency programs.

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