Title The Art of the First Session
Subtitle Making Psychotherapy Count From the Start
Author Robert Taibbi
ISBN 9780393708431
List price USD 27.95
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 240
Book size 165 x 241 mm
Publishing year 2016
Original publisher W W Norton & Company
Published in India by W W Norton & Company
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“[A]n excellent resource for the clinician going into private practice, or for someone looking to streamline assessments. The tone is chatty and direct, with clear and specific suggestions and case examples. . . . [U]seful for the novice clinician inexperienced in one-on-one sessions. It may also be a good self-check for the seasoned therapist seeking to be more goal-oriented.”

— The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter


“Rather than focus on the content of the first session (there are plenty of books on that), like a skilled therapist, Taibbi turns attention to the process. . . . The book is highly readable, written in a casual style and sprinkled with vignettes and humor. Taibbi’s examples ring true, and are clearly pulled from his extensive experience. I found myself looking forward to discovering the next chapter and thinking frequently, Ah, exactly, or, Oh, I’m definitely trying that next time.”



Making psychotherapy count from the start.

The average client today only comes to therapy five to eight times and many only come once, so it is increasingly important, therefore, for therapists to achieve first-session success. Therapeutic skills and sales and marketing savvy are equally important to this task. In the first sixty minutes, clinicians must build trust, communicate what they have to offer and ensure that the client feels different walking out to how they felt when they walked in.

Short, practical and applicable to all therapeutic modalities, this book walks readers through all the first-session essentials, including preparation for the first session, action-steps for each stage of the session, techniques for changing the emotional climate and “closing the deal” to make sure that clients come back for more.

Packed with case examples, vignettes, tools and techniques, The Art of the First Session prepares clinicians with critical skills to cut through performance anxiety, feel and convey confidence with clients and hit the ground running in therapy with new clients.


INTRODUCTION: Making First Sessions Count

Chapter 1. Critical First-Sessions Skills

Chapter 2. Goals for the First Session

Chapter 3. Action Steps: The Opening, Middle, and End of the First Session

Chapter 4. First-Session First Aid

Chapter 5. First Session with Couples

Chapter 6. First Sessions with Families

Chapter 7. Beyond the First sessions



About the Author:

Robert Taibbi, LCSW, has more than forty years of experience working with couples and families. Author of eight books and more than three hundred articles, he is a regular blogger for Psychology Today and the recipient of three national awards for Best Consumer Health Writing. He has served as adjunct professor at several universities, and provides trainings both nationally and internationally on subjects including couple therapy, family therapy, brief therapy, and clinical supervision. He is currently in private practice in Charlottesville, VA.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

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