Monday, June 11, 2012

Reality Therapy


 William Glasser


Robert E. Wubbolding, EdD



  • To help people become more effective in meeting all of their psychological needs.

  • To enable clients to get reconnected with the people they have chosen to put into their quality worlds & teach clients choice theory. 

    Key Concepts:

    • The basic focus is on what clients are doing & how to get them to evaluate whether their present actions are working for them.

    • People are mainly motivated to satisfy their needs, especially the need for significant relationships.

    • The approach rejects the medical model, the notion of transference, the unconscious, & dwelling on one's past.

    • Theories

      • Based on choice therapy, this approach assumes that we need quality relationships to be happy.

      • Psychological problems are the result of our resisting the control by others or of our attempt to control others.

      • Choice theory is an explanation of human nature & how to best achieve satisfying interpersonal relationships.  

        Other Techniques:

        • Create an active, directive, & didactic therapy.

        • Skillful questioning is used for the duration of the therapy process.

        • Enable client to design their own plan of action for change if a specific technique is not working.

        • Emphasize choice & responsibility.

        • Reject transference.

        • Keep the therapy in the present.

        • Avoid focusing on symptoms.

        • Challenge traditional views of mental illness.

           Dr. Glasser




          •  Corey, G. (2013)..Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (9th ed.,). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

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