Gaining cooperation with directives is an important aspect of psychotherapy. This paper analyzes therapeutic examples from Bradford Keeney, utilizing transcripts, videos, and the viewing of live sessions. Important factors were identified that lead to improved cooperation with therapist-generated directives. These factors are: Construct a resourceful context, compliment client while highlighting and amplifying resources, utilize resourceful naming, notice reactions and adjust, gain commitment. Each factor is illustrated with examples from transcripts of client sessions.


Directives, Bradford Keeney, Client Cooperation, Systemic Psychotherapy

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Robert Musikantow, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and a former faculty at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in the Masters of Counseling Psychology Program. His research interests include Recursive Frame Analysis, indigenous healing practices, and creative approaches to online learning. He is a practicing psychotherapist in Evanston, IL. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Robert Musikantow at, rmuskantow@mac.com

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