The Art of the First Session

Making Psychotherapy Count From the Start

Robert Taibbi (Author)

Overview | Contents

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 when they walk out than they did walking 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.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • February 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-393-70843-1
  • 5.8 × 8.6 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“[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.” — PsychCentral

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