The client is the protagonist in the psychotherapy journey with the therapist supporting them on their journey.
This book argues for the importance of recognizing clients’ expertise on their own lives and allowing them the space to generate their innate capacity for self-healing. It offers fresh insights into clients’ experiences and offers guidelines for how therapists can capitalize on clients’ knowledge, skills, and strengths to build the therapeutic alliance and ensure transformational change.
Contributors present what is known about client factors, what can be inferred about clients from the literature, and what isn't known or is missing. They also emphasize that each client must be understood as an individual that does not always conform with broad empirical conceptualizations.
Authors discuss implications for practice, teaching and training, and identify fruitful areas for future research.
Case examples offer vivid, practical illustrations centering psychotherapy around individual clients in real-life clinical scenarios.
Table of Contents:
An Introduction to the Other Side of Psychotherapy
Jairo N. Fuertes
Part I. Client Factors in Therapy Processes and Outcomes
Chapter 1. Client Expertise: The Active Client in Psychotherapy
Arthur C. Bohart and Karen Tallman
Chapter 2. Understanding and Enhancing Client Motivation
João Tiago Oliveira, Martin Grosse Holtforth, and Juan Martin Gomez Penedo
Chapter 3. Patient Readiness to Change: What We Know about Their Stages and Processes of Change
John C. Norcross, Danielle M. Cook, and Jairo N. Fuertes
Chapter 4. Therapist and Client Facilitative Interpersonal Skills in Psychotherapy
Timothy Anderson and Matthew Perlman
Chapter 5. Clients’ Experiences of Attachment in the Psychotherapy Relationship
Chapter 6. Clients’ Agentic and Self-Healing Activities in Psychotherapy
Part II. Client–Therapist Interactions
Chapter 7. The Client’s Function in the Psychotherapy Relationship: What Clients Experience and Contribute
Charles J. Gelso and Kathryn V. Kline
Chapter 8. Client-Focused Assessment and Intervention: Tailoring the Work to the Client
James F. Boswell and Adela Scharff
Chapter 9. Rethinking Therapists’ Responsiveness to Center Our Clients’ Experiences of Psychotherapy
Heidi M. Levitt, Kathleen M. Collins, Javier L. Rizo, and Ally B. Hand
Chapter 10. Clients’ Influence on Psychotherapists and the Treatment They Provide
Rodney K. Goodyear and Hideko Sera
Chapter 11. Clients’ Own Perspectives on Psychotherapy Outcomes and their Mechanisms
Michael J. Constantino, Averi N. Gaines, Alice E. Coyne
Chapter 12. Clients’ Experiences of Therapy Ending
Part III. Integration and Discussion
Chapter 13. Closing Thoughts About the Other Side of Psychotherapy
Jairo N. Fuertes
About the Editor:
Jairo N. Fuertes, PhD, ABPP, LMHC, is Professor in the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is Senior Associate Editor of Behavioral Medicine and served on editorial boards for other top-tier journals. Dr. Fuertes was Chair of the Education and Training Committee and Diversity Domain Representative in APA’s Division 29. He is Staff Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor at the Counseling Center at Baruch College, CUNY. Dr. Fuertes maintains a private practice in Garden City, NY.