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Defense Mechanisms in the Counseling Process
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Defense Mechanisms in the Counseling Process


March 1998 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
What causes clients in therapy to resist change? What mechanisms and devices do they use to defend against therapeutic progress? How can a therapist identify and work with such defenses in their clients? Understanding defense mechanisms is essential to understanding clients, managing resistance, clarifying conflicted behavior, and engendering more adaptive functioning. In Defense Mechanisms in the Counseling Process, author Arthur J. Clark discusses various specific defense mechanisms that arise in the course of working with a client in counseling. He presents each mechanismÆs theoretical origins, psychopathology, and definitionsùand then the methods (organized according to the three-stage model of the counseling process) for "processing" it through discrete stages. Extensive examples throughout the book from diverse populations illustrate the defense mechanisms themselves, as well as the therapeutic change that can result in spite of them. He also provides an integrative case example, demonstrating the changes in clientsÆ defenses through the counseling process. Combining a theoretical and practical perspective, Defense Mechanisms in the Counseling Process is ideally suited for professionals and academics in clinical and counseling psychology, psychology, social work and group work.

Allen E Ivey
Foreword
 
Introduction
 
Denial
 
Displacement
 
Identification
 
Isolation
 
Projection
 
Rationalization
 
Reaction Formation
 
Regression
 
Repression
 
Undoing
 
Defense Mechanisms in the Counseling Process in Groups
 
Defense Mechanisms in the Counseling Process
A Case Study

 

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