Succeeding with Difficult Clients: Applications of Cognitive Appraisal Therapy

Paperback | June 15, 2000

byRichard L. Wessler, Sheenah Hankin, Jonathan Stern

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I know that I am doing therapy correctly and well, so why aren't some of my clients changing?" "Why do I feel anxious when I think about my next session with that difficult client?" When psychotherapy stalls, it's time to try new ideas. The authors' experience with difficult clients -- uncooperative, hostile, uncommitted to change -- gave them a new perspective on working with therapeutic impasses. Papers describing Cognitive Appraisal Therapy have appeared in many books and journals, and now for the first time these ideas are compiled into a single volume. Heavily influenced by the psychotherapy integration movement and in a radical departure from conventional cognitive-behavior therapy, they see motivation in terms of affect and attachment rather than cognitive schemas, and resistance and setbacks as the result of emotional setpoints. Practitioners from all corners of the psychotherapy landscape will be able to integrate Cognitive Appraisal Therapy into their therapeutic approaches to help them work successfully and confidently with difficult clients as individuals, as couples and in groups. Key Features* Novel therapeutic strategies and formulations to use when all else is failing* Provocative conceptualizations of self, personality and psychopathology* A fresh approach to treating personality-related disorders* Numerous case illustrations, and excerpts from actual psychotherapy sessions and supervision sessions* Straightforward, common sense writing free of jargon and psychobabble

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The challenge presented by clients not co-operating or positively participating can evoke a varied range of emotions for any therapist. Authors Richard Wessler, Sheena Hankin and Jonathan Stern have written a book to help therapists work through these difficult situations positively and professionally. Succeeding with Difficult Clients...

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I know that I am doing therapy correctly and well, so why aren't some of my clients changing?" "Why do I feel anxious when I think about my next session with that difficult client?" When psychotherapy stalls, it's time to try new ideas. The authors' experience with difficult clients -- uncooperative, hostile, uncommitted to change -- g...

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"I know that I am doing therapy correctly and well, so why aren't some of my clients changing?" "Why do I feel anxious when I think about my next session with that difficult client?" When psychotherapy stalls, it's time to try new ideas.Succeeding with Difficult Clients is intended to help psychotherapists and mental health professiona...

Richard Wessler is in private practice at Cognitive Therapy Services in New York City, and emeritus professor of psychology and former chair of the department at Pace University in Westchester, New York.He has written extensively on Cognitive Appraisal Therapy, the approach he originated with Sheenah Hankin. They collaborate on persona...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2000Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780127444703

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Table of Contents

Part I: Cognitive Appraisal Theory
What Makes Difficult Clients Difficult.
Motivation and Attachment.
Basic CAT Concepts: Persontypic Affect, Justifying Cognitions, and Security-seeking Behaviors.
Patterns of Personality.
The Difficult Client Revisited.
Part II: Cognitive Appraisal Therapy
The CAT Assessment.
Interventions Based on the CAT Model.
Affect-based Interventions.
Additional Interventions Involving Cognition, Behavior, Adjunctive Medication, and Therapeutic Impasses.
The Process of CAT (Case Studies).
Part III: Applications of CAT
CAT with Personality-disordered Clients.
Working with Borderline Personality-disordered Clients.
Couple Therapy.
CAT Group Therapy.
Working with "Difficult" Parents.
References.
Author Index.
Subject Index.

From Our Editors

The challenge presented by clients not co-operating or positively participating can evoke a varied range of emotions for any therapist. Authors Richard Wessler, Sheena Hankin and Jonathan Stern have written a book to help therapists work through these difficult situations positively and professionally. Succeeding with Difficult Clients: Applications of Cognitive Appraisal Therapy defines the characteristics that make some clients difficult, the emotions this often invokes in therapists and methods for working through these difficulties without impeding on the quality of effective therapy. 

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"Wessler, Hankin, and Stern are to be commended for their efforts..."
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