The Initial Psychotherapy Interview

The Initial Psychotherapy Interview

A Gay Man Seeks Treatment

1st Edition - January 19, 2011

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  • Editor: Charles Silverstein
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123851475

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This book provides comprehensive coverage of the initial interview with a gay male client. It first provides a transcript of the entire interview. It then covers in-depth a set of universal themes, and finally includes commentary on and analysis of the interview from a range of the most widely used theoretical perspectives. It is designed to teach the foundations of conducting an initial interview and therapists in training, as well as experienced mental health workers will find it invaluable.   --Winner of the Distinguished Book Award, APA 2011--  

Key Features

  • Editor is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Human Identity
  • Presents a realistic model of interviewing, and cautions the therapist in training not to grasp for the unreachable; perfection
  • Every chapter in the book discusses the insights and mistakes by the psychologist conducting the interview


Graduates in clinical or counseling psychology and counseling, social work and mental health professionals

Table of Contents

  • Part One: The Initial Interview

    1 Introduction - Charles Silverstein

    2 Scott’s Interview (Transcript)- Charles Silverstein

    3 The Initial Psychotherapy Interview - Charles Silverstein

    4 Variations on Gender and Orientation in Scott’s First Interview - Margaret Nichols

    5 Institutional Aspects of the Initial Interview - Ronald E. Hellman

    Part Two: Problem Behaviors

    6 Death and Bereavement - Michael C. Singer

    7 An Attachment Perspective on the First Interview (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) - Gil Tunnell

    8 Understanding Self-Report of Sexual Abuse in an Initial Clinical Interview - John C. Gonsiorek

    9 Sex, Drugs, and HIV (Clinical Issues and Assessment Strategies) - Peter S. Theodore

    Part Three: Treatment Modalities

    10 Motivational Interviewing for Health Behavior Problems - Donald Bux

    11 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy - DeMond M. Grant and LaRicka R. Wingate

    12 Family Systems (The Relational Contexts of Individual Symptoms) - Corinne Datchi-Phillips

    13 Listening as a Psychoanalyst - Ralph Roughton

    14 Psychodrama (In Search of Meaning Through Action) - Jacob Gershoni

    15 Gay-Affirmative Psychotherapy in Real Time (A First Interview) - Armand R. Cerbone

Product details

  • No. of pages: 344
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2011
  • Published: January 19, 2011
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123851475

About the Editor

Charles Silverstein

Charles Silverstein

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Institute for Human Identity, New York, USA

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