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What to Expect and How You Can Benefit

This book is for clients—and for clinicians to recommend to their clients—who want to enhance the process of psychotherapy and get the most out of a therapeutic relationship. Kaiser writes in a friendly, accessible tone, and explains what exactly therapy is and how it works, including the beginning, middle, and ending stages of the therapy process. She elaborates on the dynamics of the relationship between therapist and client, including such issues as power, boundaries, trust, and termination, and describes the four common factors of change: the client, the therapeutic relationship, hope, and technique. Furthermore, she explains the basic aspects of brain development and how psychotherapy physically changes the brain.

This book familiarizes potential clients with four major therapeutic approaches—psychodynamic, cognitive–behavioral, humanistic, and family systems—and explains the characteristics of individual, family, and group therapy. Through case studies, Kaiser reveals the healing potential of the therapeutic relationship, including the experience of being deeply understood by and coming to trust a therapist. Kaiser offers much food for thought, as well as compassion, wisdom, encouragement, and practical suggestions for those who choose to take this fascinating and fruitful journey.

Table of Contents

  • Welcome to Psychotherapy
  • What Makes Therapy Work?
    The Common Factors
  • What Makes Therapy Work?
    Psychotherapy and the Brain
  • Beginning Your Therapy
  • What Did You Mean By That?
    Understanding How You and
    Your Therapist Talk to Each Other
  • Approaches to Therapy
  • Modes of Therapy
    Who’s in the Room?
  • Stages of Change
  • What Can You Do to Enhance Your Therapy?
  • Core Issues
    Anxiety, Shame and Guilt 101
  • Safety and Trust
  • Power and Authority
  • Saying Goodbye
  • Books You Might Want to Read
  • Notes

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