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“Hello, Fred. Welcome back,” Dr. Smelt says as she ushers Fred into her office. “Thanks for seeing me so quickly. I’m surprised you work on Black Friday. Does that mean the session is half price?” Dr. Smelt laughs, “Actually, I find that this time of year is especially busy. And I hate to shop in crowds. So, Fred, last time I saw you was several months ago. You cancelled your last appointment and then didn’t make any further ones. What happened?” Fred inquires
Earlier in the session, Dr. Smelt suggested that Fred’s self view of being stupid might not be accurate. Here’s what transpires next: Fred smirks, “Oh sure, we can look at other ways to view this, but I do believe I’m right.” Dr. Smelt notes, “Let’s not turn this into a contest of who’s right. How about instead, I give you a series of questions to think about and then see if you look at your thoughts differently once you consider them. Actually, let me write them on my whiteboard here.” Dr. Sme
Dr. Smelt and Fred discuss thought sheets for the first half of session four. He begins to see how situations, thoughts, feelings, and more reasonable thoughts link together. Dr. Smelt then remembers that Fred had begun this session with noting a problem at work. Therefore, she says, “Now that we’ve gone over this first thought sheet, I’m wondering if you’d like to tackle the second agenda item you mentioned at the start of this session?” “Oh, yes. I suppose we should talk about what happened t
During session 3, Dr. Smelt helped Fred understand the connection between his thoughts and feelings. Fred agreed to complete several written exercises called thought sheets during the week. Today he brings into the session his first efforts. The following session segment shows how Fred deals with his assignment. “Good morning Fred,” Dr. Smelt begins, “I think we’re moving to the point where outlining a goal or two each session makes sense. What would you like to accomplish today?” Fred says, “W
In previous session excerpts, Dr. Patricia Smelt paid close attention to the therapeutic alliance which she felt needed nurturance. That’s because her client, Fred, was court ordered to therapy for anger issues and demonstrated defensiveness. Let’s pick up a segment of session 3. Fred arrives at this session steaming, “Alright, doctor, now I have a real problem. My boss told me yesterday that I need a new attitude. Unbelievable. I work harder than anyone there and yet ‘I’ have an attitude issue
The following is a second excerpt from Fred’s court referred psychotherapy. Dr. Smelt continues to grapple with achieving a better therapeutic relationship with Fred who remains resistant to this point. Dr. Smelt asks for more information, “Fred, tell me a little bit more about your feeling of embarrassment. Do you feel that way because you’re coming here to see me or is there more?” “I really don’t mind coming to this office all that much. I realize that lots of normal people see shrinks. What
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 guess I’d like to hear more about specific, difficult encounters
“Before we go any further,” Dr. Smelt says, “I want to tell you a bit about confidentiality.” “No need,” Fred interrupts, “I know that bull shit. You tell me you’re like a priest, but if the judge wants to know something, you’ll tell him. That’s the real world. All this stuff about confidentiality is a way for you to get me to spill my guts. But, I’m not telling you anything that could get me into more trouble with the law than I already am. How’s that for a start?” “Wow, you sure do have some
Only rarely would Dr. Smelt take a referral from the courts. She tended to avoid clients with questionable motivation for therapy which she often found to be the case with such referrals. However, today she makes an exception because the judge made a special plea for her to see this particular patient. The background information that Dr. Smelt received from the court included some of the following: Client name: Fred J. Age: 44 Background information: Fred was arrested for the first time in his
Dr. Smelt begins this session by collaborating with Kimberly on an agenda. Kimberly decides she mostly wants to focus on something her boyfriend, Ray, did a few days ago that really got her upset. They also agree to review her progress to date. Dr. Smelt queries, “So, what happened that got you so upset, Kimberly?” “There was this friend of Ray’s whose dog had puppies. Incredibly, without even asking my permission, Ray goes and brings one of them home. I have to admit that it’s very cute, but I