You may never have seen a self-harming client, or perhaps self-harm is something you’ve seen clients do only occasionally. But one thing’s for sure. Self-harming behaviours are common – and getting more so.
Articles on: Psychotherapy Techniques
The terms guilt and shame are often used interchangeably. But these feelings, though they commonly overlap, are distinct. Unlike guilt, which focuses on a sense of having done wrong to others, shame is more of a self-focused emotion.
A therapeutic technique is only as effective as the human emotional or psychological principles it rests upon. The principle that anchoring attaches to is pattern matching, which can be extremely powerful – so it makes sense to form a technique or in fact many techniques around this basic principle of human experience.
Anorexia has traditionally been seen as hard to treat. But there is hope. Of those who survive anorexia, 50% recover, 30% improve, and only 20% remain chronically ill. So people do recover from anorexia, or at least learn to live with it as it loosens its grip on them. And with better treatment options than ever before, there’s no reason we can’t help more people recover.
When working with children, we need to get to see the problem from the child’s perspective and communicate with them on their level. Here are five guidelines to help you work more effectively with children.
All therapy is problem-solving therapy. Either we seek to help our clients ‘solve the problem’ by feeling and thinking differently about it, or we help them find ways to solve an actual practical problem (or both!).
Cognitive restructuring consists of learning to identify and reframe troublesome cognitions. Here are four ways to help clients who suffer from limiting, but hidden, assumptions.