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Read your clients’ information sources

Be aware of clients’ information sources in addition to your own. Newspapers, magazines and online forums vary widely in quality, but may contain information of use to you and your other clients. A client who I had advised on the control of panic attacks returned a...

Work with, not around, chaotic clients

Therapists can either work on, or work around, the chaos in client’s lives. Identifying clients, rather than their circumstances, as chaotic risks disempowering the client. “Chaotic” seems to be one of the mildest “unofficial diagnoses” a therapist can apply...

Demanding clients make legitimate requests

“Demanding” clients are often making legitimate requests. Therapists applying such a label should consider whether it is the client’s requests or the service’s lack of resources which is unrealistic. “Demanding” is a label often...

Know your client’s strengths

If you don’t know your client’s strengths, how can you capitalise upon them? Client factors account for 40% of the variance in outcomes and a wise therapist will play to their client’s strengths. Clients are often defined solely in terms of their difficulties....