Just One Incident


© Helen Lesser 2009

Question:  My patient is insisting that he can’t provide the information about the incident at the root of his problem – because there wasn’t just one, there were many.

I am aware that if I don’t convince him of this at the next session, he’s unlikely to continue treatment. How do I do this?

The best way to get people to understand anything is not to try to convince them, but to work with what they already believe and then extend it to explain your own point of view.

After all, he’s right! There very definitely will be many, many events in his life which have played a part in creating his problem. The notion that


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