Ready To Talk: A Companion Guide To Psychotherapy

Ready To Talk: A Companion Guide To Psychotherapy

  • Publish Date: 2015-07-31
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Mary Sanger
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Learn how therapy can help you create the life you desire. Ready to Talk: A Companion Guide to Psychotherapy is a hands-on guide for anyone currently engaged in psychotherapy or considering it for the first time. Its also well-suited for those whove tried psychotherapy in the past but were dissatisfied with results. As an experienced psychotherapist, author Mary Sanger has often heard questions such as, How does therapy work? and How long will I need to be in therapy? Of course, the answers are different for everyone but Sanger recognized in her own practice that her clients could not only enhance but also expedite their therapy if they had ongoing access to some basic, pragmatic information about how the therapeutic process works. In straightforward language and an easy-to-read format, Sanger explains how ones past may inform ones present, but that it doesnt have to rule it. Essentially, each of us is the author of our own story. Ready to Talk helps you get the most out of therapy as quickly as possible. In Ready to Talk, Sanger discusses in detail the difference between simply feeling better (which frequently occurs in the early stages of therapy) and getting better (which creates lasting positive changes but requires commitment and regular client participation). With an emphasis on the Family Systems Theory developed by Dr. Murray Bowen, Sanger streamlines the process of knowing and understanding the basic self providing questionnaires, client examples and interactive exercises that give the therapeutic client opportunities to do the work between sessions as well as thoughtfully prepare for appointments so that the client can to make the most of them. Readers will learn how to challenge current beliefs that are no longer serving them well, recognize and change unhelpful thought patterns and self-defeating behaviors, manage emotions so that relationships are more enjoyable, and understand how others beliefs and emotions dont have to control their lives. Its an indispensable book for those seeking a healthier, richer, and more pleasurable daily life. The chapter titles are: Chapter 1 What Brings You Here?: Why People Seek Therapy Chapter 2 What Goes On in the Room?: How Does Therapy Work? Chapter 3 What Are the Goals of Therapy?: Feeling Better vs. Getting Better Chapter 4 Thoughts and Feelings: Whats the Difference? Chapter 5 Differentiation of Self: Come Here Now, Go Away! Chapter 6 Managing Feelings: Feelings Are Neither Good Nor Bad Chapter 7 The Importance of Journaling: Seeing is Believing Chapter 8 Relationship Patterns: Healthy Relationship Require Healthy People Chapter 9 Growing a Basic Self: Meet Your New Best Friend YOU Chapter 10 Distorted Thinking: Its Not What You Think Chapter 11 Defense Mechanisms: Are They Evil or Necessary? Chapter 12 Boundaries: Respect for Others Begins with Self Chapter 13 Communication: Ready to Talk with Others Chapter 14 Its Complicated: Setbacks, Obstacles and Stumbling Blocks Chapter 15 Our Time is Up: Conclusion

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