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What Do I Say: The Therapist's Guide to Answering Client Questions / Edition 1

What Do I Say: The Therapist's Guide to Answering Client Questions / Edition 1

by Linda N. Edelstein, Charles A. Waehler


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ISBN-13: 9780470561751
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 793,661
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Linda N. Edelstein, PhD, is a supervisor and clinicalpsychologist with thirty years' experience. She has been teachinggraduate students since 1987. For the last seven years, she hastaught a popular graduate course entitled Adult Development atNorthwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to thisappointment, she was on the faculty at the Chicago School ofProfessional Psychology for fifteen years, where students twicevoted her Teacher of the Year. She maintains a practice in Evanstonand Chicago.

Charles A. Waehler, PhD, is an Associate Professor in theCollaborative Program in Counseling Psychology at The University ofAkron. He has taught both beginning and advanced practica,assessment courses, and classes in personality and psychopathology.Dr. Waehler is a Fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment.Throughout his academic career, Dr. Waehler has been a practicingpsychologist seeing individual adolescents and adults. For the lastfifteen years, he has been affiliated with CornerstonePsychological Services in Medina, Ohio. His research interestsinclude the counseling process and personality assessment.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

PART 1 Client Questions in a Broad Context

Introduction to Part 1 1

Why Do Clients’ Questions Cause Apprehension? 3

What Do the Different Theories Advise? 5

Remember, It’s Not About You 11

Guidelines for Answering Questions 13

Style and Language Considerations 17

Further Thoughts 23

PART 2 Client Questions and Responses by Topic

Introduction to Part 2 25

1 The Early Sessions 27

2 Experience 43

3 Therapeutic Process 54

4 Expectations About Change 70

5 Techniques 80

6 Professional Role 94

7 Money 107

8 Confidentiality 119

9 Boundaries 131

10 Personal Questions 148

11 Sexuality 169

12 Religion and Spirituality 185

13 Prejudice 201

14 Stigma 209

15 Physical Appearance 217

16 Dreams 233

17 Therapists’ Reactions 245

18 Individual and Cultural Differences 259

19 Involving Others 273

20 Out of the Office 285

21 Keeping in Touch 304

22 Life Events 314

23 Ending Therapy 324

Concluding Thoughts 343

References 347

Index 351

About the Authors 357

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"This book is terrific. As a seasoned psychotherapist andinstructor, I found it to be an intelligent and sensitive guidethat will shepherd therapists through the potential pitfalls ofclient questions—especially those that snag us at thebeginning of our careers. It is a deftly written wellspring ofpractical advice that will allay the anxieties of students andtherapists alike."
Michael C. LaSala, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of MSWProgram, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

"On one level, What Do I Say? is a practical "how to" guideoffering some excellent suggestions for responding to the manyquestions that clients can ask. But dig deeper and you'll also findan in-depth exploration of the therapeutic relationship and theways in which questions from clients are opportunities to exploreand to strengthen this relationship."
Mary Kate Reese, PhD, LPC, NCC, Professor andAssociate Chair, Counseling Department Argosy University

"I commend the authors for an excellent contribution to theliterature on therapy process and how to navigate the manychallenges we face as working clinicians. In our training, we spendso much time on the bigger picture and many times have littleopportunity to try our hand at the individual questions that willsurely arise in our work with others. What Do I Say? is the perfectremedy, and this is the most practical book I have come across inmy training and professional development."
Raymond L. Sheets, Jr., M.A., 5th Year Ph.D. Studentin Counseling Psychology Western Michigan University

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