Year: 1975 Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, v.7, no.1, (Winter 1975), p.67-70 SIEC No: 19842114

Presents several accounts of immmediate personal responses by therapists & counselors to drug abusers in periods of crisis. In addition to listening & talking, the therapist is encouraged to provoke a direct expression of anger from a suicidal patient. The patients’ needs to express themselves physically to get beyond their sense of helplessness & dread are also noted. The importance of the therapist’s being accepting,nonjudgmental, and confident when dealing with patients in crisis is stressed.