What's Unique About Control-mastery Theory?
Control-mastery is a theory of psychotherapy that provides the clinician with a framework for understanding how to help clients as well as how to best utilize countertransference reactions especially when working with what are often referred to as “difficult” clients.
The Role of Loyalty in unhappiness
Despite a therapist’s best efforts there are clients who remain unhappy and continue to engage in self-sabotaging behaviors. Control-mastery offers an elegant explanation for this behavior as well as guidelines for helping clients make much better choices. Understanding the role of loyalty is key to helping clients stop self-destructive behaviors.
The Role of Countertransference
While other approaches see countertransference as interfering with therapeutic progress, Control-mastery helps the clinician understand countertransference as central to the work, and proposes guidelines for its use in helping clients improve.
Resistance, non-compliance, manipulation and lack of motivation
Control-mastery offers an alternate explanation for behaviors that are considered resistance, non-compliance, manipulation and lack of motivation in other approaches. In fact, Control-mastery Theory suggests that all clients are motivated to solve their problems despite behaviors that suggest otherwise.