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The Relationship is Your Most Powerful Tool (& Biggest Pitfall): Relational Strategies to Effectively Treat Challenging Trauma Clients

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As therapists, while all of us try to maintain a strong and healthy therapeutic relationship, this can be often easier said than done.  Trauma clients struggle to trust the therapist; many minimize their own traumatic experiences or become help-rejecting.  Others rush into the work, seeking a “quick fix,” despite a long history of interpersonal trauma.

Drawing upon attachment theory and research, and upon a wealth of clinical experience, Dr Muller explains how, as psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, we can work with such hard-to-treat clients, how we can find points of entry and ways in which we can make contact.  Using a relational, psychodynamic approach, the workshop discusses and demonstrates strategies for developing the therapeutic relationship, such that we can assist the client regain a sense of trust in others. We explore therapeutic techniques through which the client is encouraged to take interpersonal risks, to mourn losses, and to face vulnerabilities. Dr Muller follows the ups and downs of the therapy relationship with trauma survivors and specifically looks at:

  • How do we tell when we’ve unknowingly compromised safety in the relationship?
  • What happens to the relationship when clients or therapists rush into the process, and how can this be addressed?
  • And how can subtle conflicts in the relationship become useful in treatment?

Dr Muller points to the different choices therapists make in navigating the relationship – choices, that often have a strong impact on outcome. The workshop also acknowledges that recovery from Trauma is a deceptively complicated process.  When clients reveal too much, too soon, they may feel worse – making the pacing of therapy critical.  Here too, the key is in the therapist-client relationship.  Dr Muller walks us through the relational approaches that help pace the process of opening up – so that clients find the experience helpful, not harmful.

Throughout the workshop, theory is complemented by case examples, practical exercises, and segments from Dr Muller’s own treatment sessions.  The workshop focuses on clinical skills that are directly applicable in our work as therapists.

Location London
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 24 Apr 2020
Start time 10:00am
Venue Address Broadway House, Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NQ
Amount £249
Organiser Nscience
Speaker Dr Robert T. Muller
CPD hours 12
Contact No. 020 7096 1722
Keywords Counselling, Relationship, Therapeutic, Therapy, Trauma
Regions Greater London


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