Process-Focused Therapy weaves together three key perspectives to help clinicians create a more effective therapeutic session: client problems as faulty process, the goal of therapy as changing such faulty process within the session and the art of shaping the session process for each client. Each practical chapter enables professionals to focus on bridging the gap between the client’s language (content) and the clinician’s language (process) and on the need to assess and shift this focus quickly within each session to create a new and productive therapeutic experience.
The book starts with the concept of "how you do anything is how you do everything" and details tools that clinicians can use to identify a client’s "stuckpoints," (i.e. the faulty process that keeps clients from effectively solving their life problems). The reader is then provided with treatment maps for each of the most commonly presented stuckpoints, and guidance on how to present clients with a preliminary treatment plan. Next, the author explains techniques for building rapport, changing the emotional climate, staying in lockstep, and repairing breaks in the process and shows, through transcribed sessions, how to craft sessions to maximize their emotional and therapeutic impact. Finally, clinicians will learn how to apply these concepts and techniques to their established clinical model.
With rich vignettes included throughout and end-of-chapter questions to invite the reader to reflect on their own practice and consolidate their knowledge of therapeutic processes, Process-Focused Therapy will be a valuable guide for both beginning and experienced therapists.
Table of Contents
1. Exploring Process Part I: The Outer World: Problems as Dysfunctional Process 2. The Landscape of Faulty Process 3. Treatment Maps and First Session Structure Part II: The Inner World of Clinical Process 4. Pace and Lead 5. Therapy as Performance 6. Bringing it all Together: Individual Session 7. Bringing it all Together: Couple Sesion 8. Applying Process Concepts and Techniques
Robert Taibbi, LCSW, has 45 years of experience in community mental health and is currently in private practice in Charlottesville, VA. He is the author of 10 books and more than 300 articles, a regular blogger for Psychology Today and the recipient of 3 national awards for Best Consumer Health Writing. He has served as Adjunct Professor at several universities, and provides trainings nationally on couple therapy, family therapy, brief therapy and clinical supervision.
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"The shift from focusing on the content of a client’s problem to the process in which it is embedded is a difficult one for clients and therapists because content is so seductive. Yet, it is in the process that experiential change can happen. By focusing exclusively on this fundamental issue, this book offers important material for therapists at all levels."
Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, creator of the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy
"Clear, concise, and cogent, Taibbi's book is a brilliant guide to mastering the challenges of doing process-focused therapy. Many of us, experienced as well as beginning therapists, sometimes struggle with how best to lead our clients through the tangled jungles of their lives without getting a little lost right along with them. Powerful process therapy demands that we be fully emotionally present in each session while having a very well-defined sense of who our clients are and what we are doing. Taibbi provides us with detailed and accessible maps of how to individualize the treatment plans for each of our clients and how to work with them moment by moment. Keep this book nearby in your office. I suspect you will want to refer back to it frequently. It is delightful and full of light."
David Treadway, PhD, author of Treating Couples Well: A Practical Guide to Creating Couples Therapy