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Tag: therapeutic relationships

Fred begins this session by asking Dr. Smelt, “How’s it going, Doc? Did you have a good week?” “Just fine, Fred. But I’d like to know how your week went.” “Nothing much happened. Work has been a real bitch though.” “I remember you work for the city in I.T. What kinds of problems have you been having?” Dr. Smelt queries. “I’m overloaded with crap. Too many meetings, too many bosses. Morale sucks. What else do you want to know?” “I…

In the previous session, Dr. Smelt discussed a few of the essential premises that underlie cognitive behavioral approaches to therapy. She also collaborated with Kimberly in coming up with a couple of goals for getting therapy started. “Good morning, Kimberly. How are you today? Have you had a chance to think about the goals we discussed last week?” Dr. Smelt asks. “Yes,” Kimberly replies, “in fact I had a situation last weekend that really got me mad that I’d like…

In the last blog, Dr. Smelt explained the way thoughts and perceptions about events strongly influence feelings and emotions. She also explained that behaviors also affect emotions and moods. Let’s pick up the conversation from there. “Now, we need to talk about the goals you may have for our time together. I’ll use the whiteboard again to keep us focused and on track. Let’s start with any goal that comes to mind for you,” Dr. Smelt suggests. “Well, that’s the…

Dr. Patricia Smelt is a clinical psychologist. Actually, she’s fictional, and represents a composite of Dr. Laura Smith and Dr. Charles Elliott (clever, eh?). We decided to make Dr. Smelt female for no particularly good reason although a majority of new psychologists nowadays are, in fact, female. Dr. Smelt has had a total of 25 years of clinical experience and has special expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy. She is well respected in the mental health community and has written a…