Obstacles and Solutions
The case of Louis that closed Chapter 5 illustrates something that as practicing therapists you probably have already come to realize. That is, that there is more to know about working with children and their families than the nuts and bolts or the how-to’s. (In fact, if you are a practicing therapist, you were probably familiar with most of the basic how-to’s.) In this chapter we thus shift focus to the how-to when what you thought was going to work doesn’t. We shift focus because this is what most therapists face in daily practice. In working with children and their families, including children with anxiety and phobic disorders, it is not unusual that therapists know what to do, but what they want to do or need to do cannot be done. Treating children and their families is rarely smooth sailing because obstacles frequently arise, as they did with Louis.
KeywordsSpecific Phobia Separation Anxiety Disorder Anxiety Disorder Interview Exposure Task Uncomfortable Feeling
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