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Tales from the Therapy Room

Tales from the Therapy Room

January 2011 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In Tales from the Therapy Room, the author provides ten fictional short stories that give students of counseling and psychotherapy a unique insight into what actually goes on in therapy. Exploring aspects of the client-therapist relationship, the reader is given a fly-on-the-wall view of the therapeutic process. Rather than suggesting a 'correct' approach, they explore possibilities and provide entertaining, vivid and thought-provoking descriptions of the therapeutic journey. Issues explored include

  • contracting
  • boundaries and confrontation
  • self-disclosure on the part of the therapist
  • dream interpretation
  • the influence of the consulting room environment
  • conflicting belief systems.

These are much more than just engaging stories – Phil Lapworth draws on over 25 years of clinical experience to show how the student can integrate theory into real practice with real clients. The final chapter explicitly highlights the specific theories, models and issues that are illustrated throughout and provides questions, learning objectives, exercises and Further Reading to encourage critical thinking.

A door into the often-hidden perspective of what a therapist might think and feel within the therapy session, this 'shrink-wrapped' resource will be treasured by counseling and psychotherapy trainees and practitioners for years to come.

The Stories
The Carving
Holding Boundaries
Not Playing It by the Book
In at the Deep End
High Spirits
The Audition
First Nature
Dream on
Chance Is a Fine Thing
Unwrapping through Discussion

'What I think these stories do particularly well is expose and bring to the fore the therapist's latent world', in terms of the thoughts, feelings, and responses to clients, which so clearly guide the therapist in every moment of the interaction' -

'This is a collection of short stories which cunningly raise a wide range of professional issues relevant to many different models, in an entertaining and thought provoking way. I would highly recommend this book as a refreshing read for experienced counsellors and a very readable adjunct to academic material for students, but all the more as a tool for trainers' -
Meg Harper, Counsellor, writer and teacher

'These engaging, moving, informative, warm and surprising stories convey the key points in counselling and psychotherapy practice. Overall, a beautifully written book that should be a real asset to the counselling and psychotherapy literature.'
Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling
University of Strathclyde

'I've read each of these stories through several times, simply because to do so was a sheer delight. They are written with warmth and humour, and give a valuable insight into the world of therapy.'
Mike Simmons
University of Wales, Newport

'I honestly thought this was the best book I have come across relating to therapy. I picked up more than I had in course handouts or from the reading list textbooks.'
HNC Counselling & Psychotherapy student
Anniesland College

It is great to have a book detailing a therapist's many experiences with clients.
It allows therapists and qualifying therapists to share and read experiences that people have in therapeutic relationships and in the therapy room. Giving life to theory.

Ms Edna Ogundare
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
October 20, 2022

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