The Art Of The First Session: Making Psychotherapy Count From The Start

Hardcover | March 8, 2016

byRobert Taibbi

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The average client today only comes to therapy five to eight times, and many only come once, so it is increasingly important, therefore, for therapists to achieve first-session success. Therapeutic skills and sales and marketing savvy are equally important to this task. In the first sixty minutes, clinicians must build trust, communicate what they have to offer, and ensure that the client feels different when they walk out than they did walking in.

Short, practical, and applicable to all therapeutic modalities, this book walks readers through all the first-session essentials, including preparation for the first session, action-steps for each stage of the session, techniques for changing the emotional climate, and “closing the deal,” to make sure that clients come back for more.

Packed with case examples, vignettes, tools, and techniques, The Art of the First Session prepares clinicians with critical skills to cut through performance anxiety, feel and convey confidence with clients, and hit the ground running in therapy with new clients.

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The average client today only comes to therapy five to eight times, and many only come once, so it is increasingly important, therefore, for therapists to achieve first-session success. Therapeutic skills and sales and marketing savvy are equally important to this task. In the first sixty minutes, clinicians must build trust, communica...

Robert Taibbi, LCSW, has more than forty years of experience working with couples and families. Author of eight books and more than three hundred articles, he is a regular blogger for Psychology Today and the recipient of three national awards for Best Consumer Health Writing. He has served as adjunct professor at several universities,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.54 × 5.75 × 0.91 inPublished:March 8, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780393708431

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[A]n excellent resource for the clinician going into private practice, or for someone looking to streamline assessments. The tone is chatty and direct, with clear and specific suggestions and case examples. . . . [U]seful for the novice clinician inexperienced in one-on-one sessions. It may also be a good self-check for the seasoned therapist seeking to be more goal-oriented. — The Milton H. Erickson Foundation NewsletterRather than focus on the content of the first session (there are plenty of books on that), like a skilled therapist, Taibbi turns attention to the process. . . . The book is highly readable, written in a casual style and sprinkled with vignettes and humor. Taibbi’s examples ring true, and are clearly pulled from his extensive experience. I found myself looking forward to discovering the next chapter and thinking frequently, Ah, exactly, or, Oh, I’m definitely trying that next time. — PsychCentralIn today's fast-paced, results-driven world, a lot rides on the success of the first therapy session. Robert Taibbi's absorbing book, The Art of the First Session, shows therapists how to make the first session a success using a skills-based, goal-oriented approach. The book is filled with realistic case studies and solid, pragmatic advice to help any therapist feel more confident and secure about creating a meaningful start to the therapeutic process. — Lynn Grodzki, LCSW, MCC, author of Building Your Ideal Private Practice, 2nd EditionIn beginning a therapeutic relationship, having the right diagnosis and an effective treatment approach can mean next to nothing if you fail to connect with the patient. Conquering this challenge is the focus of The Art of the First Session, a concise, easy-to-read guide to the delicate task of forming a sound alliance with clients from day one. It's a terrific read, and offers solid, essential advice—for newcomers and old hands alike—on how to triumph in the healing professions. — James Morrison, MD, Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University