This response an approach of hearing the client’s deep feelings and reflecting it backto them. This allows the client to hear themselves, through this process and bring about a better understanding, and hopefully clearer choices in their lives. Client Comment 3: “I only came along because my wife made me. I just didn’t want tolisten to her continuing to nag. Counseling is stupid, and I don’t believe it will help me at all!”Response 3: Well, no one likes to feel picked on. I know I certainly don’t. I’d like to try to help with that problem. Can we talk about why it is that you don’t like therapy?Empathy is expressed in the therapist embracing the shared belief that it is difficult to feel picked on. However, this writer did not initially go into the cause of the nagging because he feels that in order for the client to open up about his martial problems, the issues of the client’s disdain for therapy must be addressed. If this does not occur, the client may not be comfortable with the process; nor will he open up to the therapist. Client Comment 4: “I’m going to school, I have a job, and I’m taking care of two kids and trying to make time for my husband. Most days, I don’t even know where to begin.”Response 4: A wise person once said, “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” While I am not a mother, and can never know how truly challenging that role can be, I can vividly recall a time like this in my life, when I was working full time as a lawyer, operating my own law firm, going to school for my
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- Spring '16
- Dr. Mindy Heher
- Psychotherapy, Feeling