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Motivating Clients in Therapy

Values, Love and the Real Relationship, 1st Edition

By Richard L. Rappaport


264 pages

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Clients who come to psychotherapy unmotivated, or who become discouraged as treatment progresses, pose a singular challenge to practitioners. Despite the central importance of motivation for the therapeutic healing process, little has been written that addresses this issue. Motivating Clients in Therapy questions the widely accepted assumption of the adequately motivated client.

Richard Rappaport presents a four-phased model of motivation that emphasizes the fear of loss of what is known and familiar as the central inhibitor to personal growth. The motivation to love oneself and others must by catalyzed by an active psychotherapy relationship. Rappaport offers therapists a practical and theoretical guide to increase treatment effectiveness with a wide variety of clients.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Motivation and Psychotherapy: An Introduction

Chapter 2: Why Motivation is an Ignored Construct in Psychotherapy: The Myth of Client Motivation

Chapter 3: An Evolutionary Model of Psychological Health and Motivation: Toward Individuation

Chapter 4: Motivation in Everyday Life

Chapter 5: Motivation in Psychotherapy

Chapter 6: Separating Motivational and Psychopathological Phenomena: The Role of The Theory in Psychotherapy

Chapter 7: The Therapeutic Basis for Selecting Interventions: The Place of Values in Psychotherapy

Chapter 8: Motivating Clients in the Beginning of Therapy

Chapter 9: Motivating Clients in the Midphase of Therapy

Chapter 10: Motivating Clients in the Endphase of Therapy

Chapter 11: Post-Therapy Motivation.

About the Author

Richard Rappaport is a psychologist in private practice in Philadelphia and is the director of the Center for Comprehensive Therapy in Washington, D.C. He is the co-author of Working with Adult Incest Survivors.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health