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Therapeutic Interviewing: Essential Skills and Contexts of Counseling, 1st edition

  • Michael D. Reiter

Published by Pearson (August 8th 2007) - Copyright © 2008

1st edition

Therapeutic Interviewing: Essential Skills and Contexts of Counseling

ISBN-13: 9780205529513

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Therapeutic Interviewing: Essential Skills and Contexts of Counseling, 1/e

Michael D Reiter, Nova Southeastern University


This unique text, intended for beginning students in counseling and psychotherapy, offers the foundational strategies, skills, and tools of therapeutic interviewing along with an understanding of the formats and settings in which these interviews occur.    Reiter provides novice therapists with a basic understanding of interviewing and explores how they can develop the skills to become competent therapists.


Here’s what your colleagues are saying about this book:


"I am impressed with the author’s conversational writing style. The material is well explained and easy to follow. The examples are excellent both in placement (after each new skill) and in complexity."       Casey A. Barrio - University of North Texas



"Humanistic and person-centered therapists will see this as a strong introduction into the skills and contexts of counseling. In addition, the stress on the subjectivity and artistic nature of the counseling process will resonate with many clinicians and counselors."

Arthur Lyons - Moravian College



"The text appears to be well-suited for beginning students and is arranged in such a way that instructors may easily supplement global information in the text with information specific to various fields of study."

Joshua Gold - University of South Carolina


Table of contents

>Every chapter includes a summary and exercises.


Part I   The Context of Therapy

Ch. 1   Therapeutic Interviewing: Defining Therapy, Therapeutic Relationships, & the Interview

Dynamics of Interviews

The Therapeutic Interview

Defining Therapy

The Helping Process

The Therapeutic Alliance

Characteristics of Effective Therapeutic Relationships

The Goal of Therapeutic Interviews

The Therapeutic Contract

Are Therapeutic Interviews Effective?


Ch 2    The Therapy Client: Motivation & Understanding of Therapy

Definition of the Person Coming to Therapy

Motivation for Therapy

Characteristics of Clients

Help-Seeking Behavior

Media Presentations of Therapy

Societal View of Those who Seek Therapy

Opening Up in the First Session

The Client’s Experience in Therapy

Readiness for Change

Ch. 3   The Therapeutic Interviewer: Motivation & Impact of Being a Therapist

Motivations for Being a Therapist

Characteristics of Effective Therapists

Therapist Self-Care

Therapist and Mental Health

Therapy for the Therapist



Therapist Skill Growth

Use of Self in Therapy


Part II             The Context of Skills of Therapy

Ch. 4   Beginning Conversational Skills: Use of Language for Joining & Maintaining an Interview Joining Skills

Framing the Purpose of Therapy

Informed Consent


Therapeutic Distance

Door Openers

Basic Conversational Skills

Minimal Encouragers

Nonverbal Communication


Listening Barriers



Using the Client’s Language

Using Obscenities

Use of Humor


Ch. 5   Reflecting Skills: Exploring Content, Feelings & Meanings of the Client’s Story Exploring Content

Client Stories

What is Content

What is a Paraphrase

Building Paraphrases

General and Specific Paraphrases

Nonjudgmental Paraphrases

Rating Paraphrases

Connecting Paraphrases with the

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