Author Archive | Christina McClarren

Reengaging clients

As therapists, we have all been faced with the following situation. You are meeting with a new client, and things start off great. You are making headway with your client, uncovering and resolving issues. As the therapist, you think to yourself, “Wow things are going great! My client is really making a lot of progress. […]

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Additional Clinical Applications of Specialized Family Therapy

In addition to resolving estrangement issues reconciling a  parent and a child in a separated family , Specialized Family Therapy also has broad applications to assist separated parents or those in an intact family with co parenting disputes. Co parenting is always difficult and in many situations parents have similar adult interests, political and religious […]

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Working with Resistance

When working with clients it is not uncommon to encounter a client that is resistant towards the therapeutic process. A resistant client is one that either directly or indirectly opposes changing their behavior or refuses to discuss, remember, or think about presumably clinically relevant experiences. Many clients we see that come for Specialized Family Therapy […]

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Working with Ambivalence

Ambivalence is very common in everyday life. Ambivalence is when an individual experiences uncertainty or fluctuation, especially when caused by inability to make achoice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite orconflicting things. A lot of us are afraid to make changes in our lives, so when we are presented with new options in approaching situations, changing our behavior, or doing something a new way we become very hesitant. So it should be no […]

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Specialized Family Therapy — See what it’s all about at Alliance 2014!

Specialized Family Therapy is making its way right down the street here in Pittsburgh, PA to The Alliance on Children and Families’ Annual Conference. Maurie will be there along with Joy, Bethany, and Christina to share about our co-parenting, reunification, and reconciliation counseling training. We will be there to discuss our online training, how to […]

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Providing Psychoeducation

If you refer back to the blog where we discussed the different types of client-therapy relationships, you will see that we mentioned that depending on what type of client you encounter, will depend on how you will begin the therapy process with them. One way to begin working with a client who is in the […]

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