2nd Edition

Therapeutic Interviewing Essential Skills and Contexts of Counseling

By Michael D. Reiter Copyright 2022
    414 Pages 85 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    414 Pages 85 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This newly updated introductory textbook is designed to help students of psychotherapy and counseling at all levels build the foundational strategies, skills, and tools essential for engaging clients in a therapeutic interview, developing a specialist understanding of the varying formats and diverse settings in which these interviews occur.

    In this second edition, Michael D. Reiter interweaves a new framework, the Issue Cycle, to help students build, from start to finish, a foundational template for engaging clients regardless of therapeutic model. With every chapter being revised, as well as including a new chapter on the ethical relationship that occurs in psychotherapy, the book begins with laying down the context of therapy, such as its definitions, motivations, and ethics, before moving on to developing students skills of therapy, including conversing, reflecting, goal-setting, terminating sessions, and how to avoid being an ineffective therapist. In Parts 3 and 4, chapters cover the contexts of clients and therapy, such as working with children, families, and groups, and includes a special revised focus on multicultural interviewing and effective online counseling. Including several interactive elements, such as case scenarios and application exercises, an instructor’s manual with a sample syllabus, essay questions and more, students can uniquely see theory in action.

    Practical and accessible, this textbook shall be essential reading for students of psychotherapy and counseling, as well as training family therapists, social workers, and other mental health professionals who work directly with those dealing with psychological, behavioral, and emotional difficulties.

    Part I: The Context of The Therapy Relationship 1. Therapeutic Interviewing: Defining Therapy, Therapeutic Relationships, & The Interview 2. The Therapy Client: Motivation & Understanding of Therapy 3. The Therapeutic Interviewer: Motivation & Impact of Being a Therapist 4. Ethics: The Contract of the Relationship Part II: The Context of Skills of Therapy 5. Beginning Conversational Skills: Use of Language for Joining and Maintaining an Interview 6. Basic Reflecting Skills: Exploring Client Content 7. Advanced Reflecting Skills: Exploring Client Feelings & Meanings 8. Questions & Goal-Setting Skills: Asking Purposeful Questions & Developing Collaborative Therapeutic Goals 9. Endings in Therapy: Summarizing, Ending Sessions, & Termination 10. Pitfalls of Therapy: How to Avoid Being Ineffective 11. Strength-Based Interviewing: Interviewing for Client Resources and Solutions Part III: The Contexts of Clients 12. Therapeutic Assessment Interviewing: Intake Interviewing, Mental Status Exams, and Crisis Counseling 13. Therapeutic Interviewing with Diverse Clients 14. Therapeutic Interviewing with Children 15. Therapeutic Interviewing with Couples & Families 16. Therapeutic Interviewing with Groups Part IV: The Contexts of Therapy 17. Office-Based Therapy: Interviewing in the Therapist’s Domain 18. Home-Based Therapy: Interviewing in the Client’s Domain 19. Interviewing in Alternative Settings: Schools, Residential & In-Patient Facilities, & Telehealth


    Michael D. Reiter, PhD, LMFT, is professor of family therapy at Nova Southeastern University. He is the author of 11 previous books, including Systems Theories for Psychotherapists and Family Therapy: An Introduction to Process, Practice, and Theory (Routledge).

    "Foundational and comprehensive, Therapeutic Interviewing provides coverage of basic therapeutic skills as well as exploring the various contexts of counseling to help all emerging psychotherapists understand and apply best practices with their clients. With a wider focus on ethics, diversity, and best practices, Therapeutic Interviewing leaves (almost) no stone unturned. This is a book and tool that every clinician can use regardless of theoretical orientation or specific helping profession."

    - Jessica Popham, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Albizu University

    "In this engaging book, Reiter provides novice therapists with a foundational and fantastic understanding of the generalities and idiosyncrasies of psychotherapy. Reiter walks us through the relational and collaborative nature of therapy and its influence on the co-construction of goals and change across a variety of contexts. Prospective therapists can look forward to bridging theory and practice through case examples, reflective exercises, and activities."  

    -Carlos A. Ramos, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Our Lady of the Lake University

    "I am thrilled that Reiter has published a second edition of his book describing foundational counseling skills in various settings. Something that distinguishes his book from others in the same area is Reiter’s conversational writing style; it is extremely accessible for those in counselling training programs and others interested in the subject matter. With his focus on telehealth and working with diverse populations, this book is relevant and timely."

    -Elise Hartin, MA, RCC, teaching faculty at Columbia Bible College