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How To Stop Clients “Freaking Out” About Therapy (Part 2) – Mamood Ahmad

September 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST

Mamood Ahmad

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What are the reasons for therapy not working, stagnating, becoming harmful, or seemingly ending prematurely? The traditional answer is that it is something about the relationship, approach, therapist or client's readiness. While all of these are possibilities in this session, I explore the other, rather obvious, possibility, that it's because clients can be confused, or unclear on how they can use the construct of therapy (including themselves) within it.

I invite you to reflect on what in practice makes therapy work, the nature of client dissonance towards therapy, and thus the art of the possible in delivering learning based interventions to clients. I will deconstruct consumer knowledge about therapy into a framework of parts which therapists can use as a reminder to the diverse range of teaching opportunities available.

I propose that therapy education has a significant part to play in scaffolding the clients therapeutic process and thereby reducing dropouts, making therapy more efficient, reducing harm, and activating client engagement. By consciously focusing in on therapy education, we are doing our fair share in informing clients about how they can use therapy to its potential.



1) 21 Ways to Success in Therapy – Mamood Ahmad - (June, 2019)
2) Client Perceptions of Being in Therapy – Mamood Ahmad - (April, 2020)
3) Getting the Best Start in Therapy – Mamood Ahmad - (May, 2020)

About Mamood Ahmad


I am a Clinical Psychotherapist (UKCP) working in Private Practice in the village of Binfield, Berkshire. I specialize in client perspectives of therapy and how that aligns with practice. I'm a coach for consumers of therapy and author of the #empoweringyourtherapy series of books.

I'm passionate about Wing Chun, Philosophy, and more recently, the writings of Marcel Proust. At the moment, I am less passionate about one-sided relationships.


Books by Mamood Ahmad:
1) Getting the best start in therapy (Empowering Your Therapy Book 1)
2) How Therapy Works: For Consumers and Therapists (Empowering Your Therapy Book 2)
3) 40 Ways to Unlock your Therapy Process (Empowering Your Therapy Book 3)
4) Essential Skills for Consumers of Therapy (Empowering Your Therapy Book 4)
5) 21 Ways to Success in Therapy - (June 2019)
6) Client Perceptions of Being in Therapy - (April 2020)

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This event will be an interview conducted using a ZOOM video link that will be streamed to our live video page. You will be able to see and hear the conversation, as it is happening, and use the chat room to offer your own comments and questions.

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September 15
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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