Some patients are crippled by fear and anxiety. To help the 50 percent of patients who drop out of therapy before they have received its full benefits, therapists must know how to make therapy a safe place. Only if patients feel safe in their body and with the therapist can they feel safe enough to change. Co-Creating Safety provides clear, systematic steps for assessing and meeting patients' needs.
Every technique is illustrated with a vignette. Representing hundreds of therapeutic impasses taken from actual sessions, the vignettes show therapists what to say so they can assess and respond to patients' needs moment by moment, help patients develop and keep an effective focus that leads to change, help regulate patients' anxiety, deactivate misperceptions of the therapist and therapy, help patients see and let go of defenses that cause their symptoms, help them overcome their fears and face their feelings, and help them let go of insecure attachment strategies to form a healing relationship.
About the Author:
Jon Frederickson is a therapist with over 25 years of experience, the last nine of which have been focused on the practice and training of Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. He studied with the founder of ISTDP, Dr. Habib Davanloo, for two years and was in weekly supervision with Patricia Coughlin, Ph.D. for seven years. He is the co-chair of the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) training program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Mr. Frederickson has also been the co-chair of the Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program and the Supervision Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Currently he is chair of the ISTDP Core Training Program of the Norwegian ISTDP Society, and he teaches ISTDP at the Laboratorium in Warsaw, Poland, for supervision groups in Denmark, the EDT Society in Treviso, Italy and at the Southern California Society for ISTDP. He has given videotape presentations at conferences in the United States, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway, Poland, and Italy.