Therapists are used to asking questions, not answering them. What Do I Say? shows how client questions—no matter how difficult or uncomfortable—can be used to support the therapeutic process rather than derail the therapist-client relationship. Jargon-free and conversational in tone, this book provides guidance on how to answer questions on such hot-button topics as sex, religion, money, disclosing personal information, and setting boundaries. Counselors and other mental health professionals will find essential guidance from the authors' examples drawn from their own lives and work.
Chapter 1: The Early Sessions.
Chapter 2: Experience.
Chapter 3: Therapeutic Process.
Chapter 4: Expectations About Change.
Chapter 5: Techniques.
Chapter 6: Professional Role.
Chapter 7: Money.
Chapter 8: Confidentiality.
Chapter 9: Boundaries.
Chapter 10: Personal questions.
Chapter 11: Sexuality.
Chapter 12: Religion and spirituality.
Chapter 13: Prejudice.
Chapter 14: Stigma.
Chapter 15: Physical Appearance.
Chapter 16: Dreams.
Chapter 17: Therapists' reactions.
Chapter 18: Individual and Cultural Differences.
Chapter 19: Involving Others.
Chapter 20: Out of the Office.
Chapter 21: Keeping in Touch.
Chapter 22: Life Events.
Chapter 23: Ending Therapy.