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.
Reliability is more important than availability in the long run. Clients who know when you are not available can make informed choices regarding alternative sources of support.
Checking that your client can read & write assists both you and them. Attempting to use questionnaires, journals or bibliotherapy with someone hiding their illiteracy could end your intervention before it has begun.
Stop and think before you take action on behalf of your client. You may be depriving them of the opportunity to help themselves (with appropriate support).