Check you have the right person before you begin your session. There is scope for confusion in busy clinics, but mistakes can occur even in otherwise empty waiting rooms.
Ensure that your client can tell you to stop or to go away. All but the most severely disabled clients should be able communicate these instructions and should be encouraged to do so.
One of the major challenges to the therapeutic alliance arises when the client fails to follow the therapistâ€™s advice.
Use of a clientâ€™s name to foster engagement may mask flagging concentration and inattention. Using a clientâ€™s name sparingly permits more accurate judgement of attention to the conversation or task.
Uninvited use of a client's given name can impede rapport in a number of ways. Moving from a position of formality to informality and intimacy is easier than backtracking.
â€œManipulativeâ€ clients may be reacting to overly controlling therapists. Before using such a destructive label, it is worth asking why someone would need to manipulate their therapist if they have agreed common goals.
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Giving clients permission â€œnot to speakâ€ encourages disclosure. Explicitly granting the freedom to subvert our power frees the client to tell us what they need.