Skilled Empathy provides both beginning and more experienced psychotherapists with a guidebook that will allow them to develop the necessary skills to create safety or to refine the skills they have so that they are better able to serve their clients. The clients feeling of safety is a crucial element of effective treatment. This manual brings together the nuts and bolts of how to develop safety in the process of therapy, a subject that is rarely addressed by itself.
Topics covered include *Initiating the clinical contract *Dealing with misses *Identifying feelings *Working with traumatized clients *Developing therapists self-care *Assessing safety needs *Setting boundaries *Teaching self-soothing *Using touch in therapy *Facilitating closure. A CD-ROM containing the forms, scripts and questionnaires from the book is included.