Trauma & The Avoidant Client Cl

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-07-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON
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Muller offers candid (and personal) advice on dealing with countertransference, exploring the problematic ways in whichtherapists may act on feelings that get provoked in the course of therapy with avoidant clients. Detailed case examplesand vignettes highlight the steps for building a strong clinician/client relationship, but also serve as a warning for howeasily avoidant clients can disengage from the therapeutic process. Also covered is the issue of early therapy terminationand what to do to keep clients on track and engaged throughout treatment. Trauma and the Avoidant Client will enhancethe skills of all mental health practitioners and trauma workers, and will serve as a valuable, useful resource to facilitatechange and progress in psychotherapy.

Author Biography

Robert T. Muller, PhD, is Associate Professor of clinical psychology at York University, and a supervising psychologist at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. Dr. Muller specializes in the areas of trauma, attachment, and psychotherapy. The author of numerous scholarly articles, he is lead investigator in a multi-site program to treat intra-familial trauma. He has over 20 years of clinical experience in the field, and practices in downtown Toronto.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
What Do Avoidant Defenses Look Like?p. 7
Activating the Attachment System and Challenging the Clientp. 33
Getting Started: Intervention Strategiesp. 50
Facilitation of Mourning in Emotional Detachmentp. 77
Building the Therapeutic Relationshipp. 99
Understanding Countertransferencep. 119
Looking at the Treatment Components Together: The Case of Madelinep. 146
Ending Therapyp. 162
Epilogue: A Final Wordp. 177
Referencesp. 179
Indexp. 195
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