Clients typically enter therapy with certain implicit, and often unverbalized, expectations of what will happen during the behavior change process. Quite often, their tacit assumption goes as follows: “I will begin by describing my problems to the therapist, who will then help me to gain some better understanding of them, may offer some advice, and perhaps assist in learning new ways to behave. Hopefully, the treatment will be successful. If it is successful, my problems will be resolved, I will end therapy, and will lead a relatively happy and satisfying life.” To the extent that therapists feel confident in their ability to help clients with their problems, they no doubt share this view of the intervention process. It is only in very recent years, however, that therapists have begun to realize that such a view of the therapeutic endeavor is short-sighted. There is an ever-growing recognition that we need to broaden our conceptualization of therapy, adopting an orientation that goes beyond the resolution of specific problems, and instead views the intervention process as training the client in the use of more general coping skills.
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- Problematic Situation
- Test Anxiety
- Cognitive Restructuring
- Relaxation Training
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