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BT12 Short Course 46 – Brief Therapy for the Final Stages of Life – Lindasue Marshall, MSW

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Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2012
Lindasue Marshall, LCSW
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Dec 09, 2012
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Brief therapy principals and methods that assess how the patient sees the problem, their beliefs and values about life and death, then intervene with tasks, reframing, and metaphor can provide rapid lasting transformation for patients with terminal illness. The therapist’s ability to help deal both directly and indirectly with the last stages of life can help terminal patients move from a fear based position to live meaningful final chapters of their lives.

Educational Objectives:

  1. List at least two metaphors and reframes to bypass unconscious resistance and assist terminally ill patients and their families in moving into a “living” mode rather than a “dying” mode.
  2. Analyze the effect that the therapist’s belief systems can play into dealing with the issues of death and dying.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Lindasue Marshall LCSW is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private psychotherapy practice in Salinas California.  Since 1986 she has helped individuals, couples and families reduce anxieties, depression, deal with grief, adjustment to major life transitions and improve their relationships using innovative brief therapies.   Lindasue enjoys doing couples counseling and utilizes John Gottman's research to focus on respectfully being able to dialogue about the difficult issues in life.   She offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each of her clients individual needs to help them attain the personal growth they’re striving for. Together with the clients she works to develop strengths and achieve life goals.  She is trained in Ericksonian hypnosis and can use hypnosis when appropriate to the case.