Integrative psychotherapy for a college student coping with family conflict [electronic resource] .
- Other Title:
- APA PsycTHERAPY.
- [Washington, D.C.] : American Psychological Association, 2015.
1 streaming video file (39 min., 52 sec.)
- Families -- Psychological aspects.
- Medical subjects:
- Family Conflict.
- Streaming videos.
- Dr. John C. Norcross begins his second session with a White, female college student by clarifying the client's expectations of therapy. In this case, the client indicates that she hopes the therapist will be active and nonjudgmental. They discuss the client's goal to gain tools to help her handle stressful situations and deal with obstacles in her life. Together, they explore the client's painful experience of feeling targeted by her mother and siblings, who accuse her of not contributing enough at home. Dr. Norcross helps the client articulate her dilemma regarding how to deal with her emotions, specifically, she is invalidated when she expresses emotions with her family, but she is critical of herself when she keeps them inside. They then discuss four tools for coping: acceptance of the limitations of her family, assertiveness, use of her friends as a support system, and self-talk. Dr. Norcross helps the client brainstorm soothing phrases she can tell herself in difficult situations that speak to her core attributes as a person. The client struggles to think of self-soothing words, instead expressing the wish that someone would speak up on her behalf to her family. Dr. Norcross validates the client's concern that she will say the soothing words but not believe them. For homework, the client agrees to try out different soothing phrases to see what impacts her. Dr. Norcross also recommends that she seek out more support from friends.
- Part of the APA PsycTHERAPY collection.
- Norcross, John C., 1957- author.
American Psychological Association, publisher.
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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