While using the TV visualisation, my patient got quite upset so I ended the session at that point. What could I have done differently and how do I prevent this situation from occurring with other patients and hindering their progress too?
A patient will not accept the two requirements for guilt; he insists that the harm was caused maliciously. What can I do?
How understanding the difference between emotions and feelings is vital in helping the patient to reinterpret the causative event.
One therapist asks for help with a patient who was consistently providing contradictory information. Several alternative opinions are offered.
A patient gives a ‘yes’ response to almost every question asked, creating doubt on the truth of the information being provided. This article provides 6 possible reasons why this might be occurring and solutions to each of them.
If a patient refers to a memory or exhibits some emotion at the end of a session but doesn’t want to discuss it, should the matter be dropped or is there any advantage in probing the matter further?
Second in a series of three articles, providing the transcript of fourth treatment session of ‘N’, one of the volunteer patients from the Spring 2010 practical course who was receiving treatment in front of the students for help with her anxiety and depression.
Comment / query on the article “Where Not To Start” and full response. Example of how to use emotions as the starting point for questioning at the beginning of a session.
A patient keeps talking about his symptom or problems and does not seem to be taking in or understanding the therapist’s need to progress treatment away from this subject and towards the cause. How can the situation be addressed and how can treatment get back on track?
The patient has indicated that the something happened emotionally to some other person – what could this mean? How do I work with this information to establish the actual cause of the symptom?