Learn to get the most out of therapy to unlock your best self.
Millions of Americans will go to therapy this year, but veteran psychotherapist Gary Trosclair believes the vast majority of them will start the process with little to no sense of how to best use their sessions to achieve their goals. Recent research has identified effective client participation as one of the most crucial factors in successful therapy. What can one do to get the most out of their sessions to create lasting positive changes in their lives? What does it look like to “work on it” in therapy?
Trosclair covers these points and more, combining cutting-edge scientific research with years of fascinating anecdotal evidence to create a guide that is as compelling as it is indispensable. It teaches readers how to take off their masks and be real with their therapists, how to deal with emotions that arise in session, how to continue their psychological work outside of sessions, how to know when it’s time to say goodbye to their therapists, and much more.
Whether you’re already in therapy and looking to make more out of each appointment, or you’re thinking of starting the process and want to go in with a game plan, I’m Working on It in Therapy will show you how you can make every session count towards becoming your best possible self.
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About the Author
Gary Trosclair is a psychotherapist with more than twenty years of experience. His writing has been published in The Huffington Post , The Journal of Jungian Therapy and Practice , and Quadrant: The Journal of Contemporary Jungian Thought. He is also a member of the New York Association for Analytical Psychology. He lives in Westchester, New York.
Table of Contents
Introduction and a Few Things to Know Before Reading This Book xi
Chapter 1 Get Real: Take Off the Mask and Show Your Many Faces 1
Chapter 2 Channel the Flow of Emotion: Have Your Feelings without Your Feelings Having You 15
Chapter 3 Enough about Them: Look Deeply Within for the Sources of Change 36
Chapter 4 Don't Hold Back: Forge an Authentic Connection with Your Therapist 56
Chapter 5 Be Curious, Not Judgmental: Observe Yourself Honestly without Attacking Yourself 77
Chapter 6 Carry Your Fair Share, and Only Your Fair Share: Differentiate When to take Responsibility and When Not To 93
Chapter 7 What's Your Story? Identify the Recurring Themes and Fundamental Beliefs That Guide You 106
Chapter 8 It Ain't Necessarily So: Build a Better Narrative and Choose Your Beliefs Consciously 122
Chapter 9 Do Something! Continue Your Psychological Work outside of Sessions 135
Chapter 10 Into the Fire: Use Challenges as Opportunities for Growth 159
Appendix A In the Beginning: Starting Therapy 184
Appendix B Are We There Yet? Stopping Therapy 191
Appendix C Does This Thing Work? Research Evidence Supporting the Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 195
About the Author 200
What People are Saying About This
This is a compelling introduction to the opportunities and responsibilities of psychotherapy for those considering the process. Full of illustrative imaginal material and illuminating views of the work, it opens the way and helps guide the seeker to consider many of the foundational issues that arise. --Sylvia Pererra, author Dreams, A Portal to the Source
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This clear-eyed, very readable guide will be tremendously helpful to patients and clinicians alike. Gary Trosclair offers a wealth of valuable information about the therapeutic process, along with well-honed insights and tools designed to empower readers to take charge of their part of that process. His clarity, humor and compassion make it easy for readers to absorb and work with the material, and his warm, caring tone conveys a heartening sense of affirmation and encouragement.