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Becoming a Therapist: What Do I Say, and Why?
This book provides students and novice clinicians with nuts-and-bolts advice about the process of doing therapy, starting with the first contact with a new patient. Suzanne Bender, at the time a junior clinician, and Edward Messner, a seasoned practitioner and supervisor, provide a unique, combined perspective on how therapy is conducted, what works and what doesn't work i ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published November 19th 2003 by The Guilford Press
(first published 2002)
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Certainly a helpful read for navigating the many pieces of the counseling relationship that are not often the subject of focus, the nuts and bolts pieces of discussing billing and late fees, discussing confidentiality, etc. Bender's fictional CE, Sally, is used throughout the book to illustrate how the conversations would be carried out in different situations. This aspect of the book is certainly helpful, as the conversations are very thoughtfully written, many helpful questions are included, a ...more
Suzanne Bender's Becoming a Therapist appears to contain very good and very responsible advice regarding how psychotherapists ought to deal with patients professionally and empathically. The advice is based on the author's own experience and she uses a kind of narrative with a constructed patient throughout the book to show the DOs and DON'Ts with patients.