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Claim your chair with your notepad

Use your notepad to claim your chair before the client enters the room. If you can sit where you need to be, there will be no unease to be misinterpreted by the client. A prison inmate advised me that I was sitting in the “wrong place”. I wasn’t sure what he...

Be ready for clients’ companions

Be prepared to deal with the companions clients may bring to therapy. Dealing gracefully and helpfully with them can’t hurt your relationship with the client. With the obvious exception of Marital Therapy and Child & Family Therapy, models of therapy tend...

My client is crying

Trainees (and clients) need to know that crying is common in therapy. Experienced therapists need to remember that crying may be common in therapy, but that crying in front of a stranger is probably a rare experience for any given client: you may now be relaxed about...

Hypotheticals encourage proactive supervision

Using supervision to plan ahead for common and uncommon events has advantages for therapist and client. Both gain when the therapist has considered their range of responses ahead of time. Ideally, clinical supervision is proactive. You discuss the progress of your...

Rehearse answers to common questions

Clients are likely to have questions about our services. Some may be asked, others may remain unspoken unless raised by the therapist. No information sheet can answer every question our clients may have. Even if one did, some wouldn’t read it and others might be...