Reaching through Resistance
About half of all psychotherapy clients have little to no response—or can even worsen—in treatment. Why? They unknowingly use treatment-defeating behaviors, or resistances, placing all manner of obstacles to prevent emotional closeness and a successful collaboration with the therapist. It is as if they cannot allow treatment to succeed. This can be frustrating and demoralizing for both the therapist and the client.
How can you and your client detect and handle treatment resistance? How can you reach through to the person beneath this resistance—the person your client was meant to be?