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A cognitive perspective on resistance in psychotherapy.

Journal of clinical psychology. 
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The phenomena that comprise resistance in therapy are described and discussed from a cognitive viewpoint. The cases of Brian, Julie, and Victoria are reviewed to illustrate similar and contrasting manifestations of resistance, and suggestions for further individualized conceptualization and intervention are presented. Emphasis is placed on gaining an accurate, empathic understanding of the client's difficulties in changing. This is coupled with methods that allow the client some autonomy in charting the course of therapy, at the same time reinforcing the importance of the therapist's active involvement in educating and stimulating the client toward greater awareness and adaptability. In order to be maximally effective in encouraging such changes, therapists must be aware of their own tendencies to react adversely to client resistance. It is vital that therapists maintain their professionalism and confidence in persevering toward a better understanding of what will be helpful to their clients.
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