Doing Better: Improving Clinical Skills and Professional by Jeffrey Kottler, W. Paul Jones

By Jeffrey Kottler, W. Paul Jones

Doing Better is meant to aid therapists and counselors to discover extra absolutely and systematically the approaches of self-improvement of their paintings and lives.

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She comes to her next therapy session and informs you that she has taken your advice. Just as you suggested, she’s kicked him out, and she’s obtained a restraining order. How does that make you feel? Pleased, that she has taken what clearly would seem the best of her available choices; or frightened about the power you have just exerted? The answer for most of us is some combination of both pleasure and fear. Mixed with your feeling of “good work” is often a series of troublesome questions. Did you really tell her to get a restraining order immediately, or was that just something that came out in discussion about things that might be necessary?

I had been bombarded by clients who had suffered from incest over the past few years and I also related to their stories. She had been clean and sober for 60 days and was doing very well in her program. I was very proud of her, but somehow she mistook my pride in her accomplishments as a sign of affection, and responded to my praise by becoming seductive towards me in sessions. The problem was, I didn’t notice her changing behavior. I didn’t see the seductiveness, nor how her process was becoming increasingly odd and, in retrospect, psychotic.

We see consistent evidence all over the place of professionals we consider less than competent, even dangerous, who still manage to attract a following and apparently even help clients (or convince them they were helped). Sometimes, you’ve got THE NATURAL AND UNNATURAL EVOLUTION OF THERAPIST DEVELOPMENT 21 to wonder why you have to continue to struggle to prove yourself. When will you have finally “made it”? Deep down inside many of us is the fear that we are only ordinary, or maybe even a notch below that.

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