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1st Edition

Using Diagrams in Psychotherapy
A Guide to Visually Enhanced Therapy

ISBN 9781138565647
Published October 23, 2018 by Routledge
372 Pages 182 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Using Diagrams in Psychotherapy presents the Visually Enhanced Therapy framework, a unique approach to communicating information in psychotherapy. The framework brings visual information processing principles and techniques into the practice of psychotherapy to help therapists communicate more effectively with clients. Replete with illustrations and therapist thought boxes designed to help readers translate theory to practice, the book presents visual strategies that enable clients to become more actively engaged in therapy sessions and to better retain information. This is a thorough, user-friendly resource with numerous diagrams and worksheets for implementing visually oriented interventions across a broad range of clients, clinical settings, and clinical problems.

Table of Contents

List of Figures. About the Authors 1. Introduction 2. Diagrams as Communication and Teaching Tools: The Application of Research Findings to Psychotherapy 3. Becoming a Visually Oriented Therapist: Setting the Foundation 4. Using Diagrams to Gather Information and Identify Therapy Goals 5. Using Diagrams to Explain Universal Therapy Topics 6. Using Diagrams to Build Coping Strategies for Common Clinical Problems 7. Using Diagrams Creatively and Spontaneously in Session: Writing Tips and Drawing Pics 8. Using Visually Enhanced and Multimodal Interventions with Special Clinical Populations 9. Conclusion. References. Appendices

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Charles M. Boisvert, PhD, is a professor of clinical mental health counseling in the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership, and School Psychology at Rhode Island College and a practicing clinical psychologist at the Rhode Island Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (RICBT) in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Mohiuddin Ahmed, PhD, has over 40 years of psychotherapy and consultation experience with varied populations of all ages in inpatient and outpatient practice settings. Following his retirement from Taunton State Hospital in Massachusetts and Community Care Alliance in Rhode Island, he continues to be active in mental health publications and maintains a part-time psychology consultation practice.


"Over the last few decades we have learned a lot about the role of diagrams in presenting information. This knowledge has been put to good use by this well-constructed, well-researched text on using diagrams in psychotherapy. I can strongly recommend it to anyone interested in this novel area."

John Sweller, PhD, emeritus professor of educational psychology at the University of New South Wales, Australia