What Do I Say?: The Therapist's Guide to Answering Client Questions

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The must-have guide to honestly and sensitively answering your clients' questions

Written to help therapists view their clients' questions as collaborative elements of clinical work, What Do I Say? explores the questions—some direct, others unspoken—that all therapists, at one time or another, will encounter from clients. Authors and practicing therapists Linda Edelstein and Charles Waehler take a thought-provoking look at how answers to clients' questions shape a therapeutic climate of expression that encourages personal discovery and growth.

Strategically arranged in a question-and-answer format for ease of use, this hands-on guide is conversational in tone and filled with personal examples from experienced therapists on twenty-three hot-button topics, including religion, sex, money, and boundaries. What Do I Say? tackles actual client questions, such as:

  • Can you help me? (Chapter 1, The Early Sessions)

  • Sorry I am late. Can we have extra time? (Chapter 9, Boundaries)

  • I don't believe in all this therapy crap. What do you think about that? (Chapter 3, Therapeutic Process)

  • Why is change so hard? (Chapter 4, Expectations About Change)

  • Will you attend my graduation/wedding/musical performance/speech/business grand opening? (Chapter 20, Out of the Office)

  • Where are you going on vacation? (Chapter 10, Personal Questions)

  • I gave your name to a friend . . . Will you see her? (Chapter 9, Boundaries)

  • Should I pray about my problems? (Chapter 12, Religion and Spirituality)

  • Are you like all those other liberals who believe gay people have equal rights? (Chapter 13, Prejudice)

The power of therapy lies in the freedom it offers clients to discuss anything and everything. It's not surprising then, that clients will surprise therapists with their experiences and sometimes with the questions they ask. What Do I Say? reveals how these questions—no matter how difficult or uncomfortable—can be used to support the therapeutic process rather than derail the therapist–client relationship.

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This was a wonderful book to write. I found myself recalling events from years ago; moments that made a lasting impact on me. Answering questions can be challenging. Early in the writing, Charlie Waehler, my co-author and I decided to invite other clinicians (new and seasoned) to contribute their experiences to the book so we have other voices added to our own. Answering clients' questions is a universal clinical experience but can be rough when you are new.  We wrote this book with early career clinicians in mind and tried very hard to combine sophisticated ideas, practical advice, and personal mistakes as well as successes.  A young social worker called it, "A supervisor in my backpack."  It is certainly a book that would have helped me when I was starting out, filled with equal parts optimism and anxiety. I hope that reading "What Do I Say?" fuels your optimism and quells your anxiety.

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Linda N. Edelstein, PhD, is a supervisor and clinical psychologist with thirty years' experience. She has been teaching graduate students since 1987. For the last seven years, she has taught a popular graduate course entitled Adult Development at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to this appointment, she was on the faculty at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for fifteen years, where students twice voted her Teacher of the Year. She maintains a practice in Evanston and Chicago.

Charles A. Waehler, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology at The University of Akron. He has taught both beginning and advanced practica, assessment courses, and classes in personality and psychopathology. Dr. Waehler is a Fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Waehler has been a practicing psychologist seeing individual adolescents and adults. For the last fifteen years, he has been affiliated with Cornerstone Psychological Services in Medina, Ohio. His research interests include the counseling process and personality assessment.

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