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The Beginning Psychotherapist's Companion
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Acknowledgments ; Introduction ; Section I The Psychotherapist's Self And Relationships ; 1 The Psychotherapist's Self ; 2 The Supervisor-Supervisee Relationship ; 3 The Therapeutic Frame ; 4 Boundaries ; 5 Psychotherapist-Client Differences and Coping with Prejudice ; 6 Professional Electronic Communications and Data Security ; Section II Getting Started With Psychotherapy ; 7 Confidentiality and Informed Consent ; 8 Making Clinical Observations ; 9 Making a Diagnosis ; 10 Professional Phone Contacts and the Initial Phone Call ; 11 The First Session: Preparation, Tasks, and Structure ; 12 Progress Notes and the Chart ; 13 Starting Psychotherapy and Stabilizing the Client ; Section III Referrals ; 14 Psychotropic Medication: Referrals and Adherence ; 15 Health-Related Referrals ; 16 Mental Health Referrals ; Section IV Crisis Readiness ; 17 Managing Crises Step-by-Step ; 18 Assessing Suicide Risk and Warning Signs ; 19 Suicide Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Documentation ; 20 Violence Risk Management ; 21 Child and Elder Maltreatment, Intimate Partner Violence, and Rape Crises ; Section V Caring for Yourself and Your Clients ; 22 Challenging Relationships and Emotions ; 23 Becoming a Psychotherapist: Challenges, Rewards, and Growth ; Afterword ; About the Author ; References ; Index

About the Author

Jan Willer, PhD, is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University and a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Chicago. As a former psychology internship training director, she has lectured, taught, and published on mental health training.

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"This book is an absolute gem. It provides all the secrets for being a successful psychotherapist that every practicing psychotherapist wishes they were told when they were first starting out. Well, the secret is out! Every psychotherapist-in-training and every early career psychotherapist should read this book and learn from its many wise lessons. You'll be glad you did!" -- Jeffrey E. Barnett, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, and Director of Practitioner Masters Programs in Psychology, Loyola University Maryland "This book is equally valuable to beginning and more seasoned psychotherapists, as well as supervisors. It is expansive in its coverage and does what it sets out to do-assist new practitioners with a number of pragmatic and professional issues before they start to practice psychotherapy. I have used the previous edition with my supervisees and it has provided a valuable guidebook and a catalyst for discussion. It is truly a companion and I recommend it very highly as a relevant and helpful resource." -- Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, Psychologist, Independent Practice, Washington, DC, and author of Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, Psychologist, Independent Practice, Washington, DC, and co-author of Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-based Approach "Dr. Willer has updated her valuable guide to an amazing diversity of topics that can trip up therapists as they begin to practice: self-doubt, self-presentation, fees, HIPAA, charting, referrals, informed consent, crisis readiness, medications, mandated reporting, electronic communications, and burnout, to name but a few examples. Beginning psychotherapists of all disciplines and theoretical orientations will find here an immensely useful and user-friendly resource." -- Kenneth S. Pope, PhD, ABPP, Diplomate in Clinical Psychology "Expanded and enriched in this second edition, this highly instructive primer for actual practice covers even more of the clinical bases than the first. Like a 'supervisor on the shelf' this book rewards the beginning psychotherapist (as well as many more experienced practitioners) with explicit strategies, pitfalls to avoid and ethical dimensions of the real world of clinician-patient negotiations. Still a necessary book." -- Thomas G. Gutheil, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston "This book is an absolute gem. It provides all the secrets for being a successful psychotherapist that every practicing psychotherapist wishes they were told when they were first starting out. Well, the secret is out! Every psychotherapist-in-training and every early career psychotherapist should read this book and learn from its many wise lessons. You'll be glad you did!" -- Jeffrey E. Barnett, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, and Director of Practitioner Masters Programs in Psychology, Loyola University Maryland "This book is equally valuable to beginning and more seasoned psychotherapists, as well as supervisors. It is expansive in its coverage and does what it sets out to do-assist new practitioners with a number of pragmatic and professional issues before they start to practice psychotherapy. I have used the previous edition with my supervisees and it has provided a valuable guidebook and a catalyst for discussion. It is truly a companion and I recommend it very highly as a relevant and helpful resource." -- Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, Psychologist, Independent Practice, Washington, DC, and author of Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, Psychologist, Independent Practice, Washington, DC, and co-author of Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-based Approach "Dr. Willer has updated her valuable guide to an amazing diversity of topics that can trip up therapists as they begin to practice: self-doubt, self-presentation, fees, HIPAA, charting, referrals, informed consent, crisis readiness, medications, mandated reporting, electronic communications, and burnout, to name but a few examples. Beginning psychotherapists of all disciplines and theoretical orientations will find here an immensely useful and user-friendly resource." -- Kenneth S. Pope, PhD, ABPP, Diplomate in Clinical Psychology "Expanded and enriched in this second edition, this highly instructive primer for actual practice covers even more of the clinical bases than the first. Like a 'supervisor on the shelf' this book rewards the beginning psychotherapist (as well as many more experienced practitioners) with explicit strategies, pitfalls to avoid and ethical dimensions of the real world of clinician-patient negotiations. Still a necessary book." -- Thomas G. Gutheil, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston

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