- Subject index
With its practical, experiential approach, the Second Edition of Applied Helping Skills: Transforming Lives covers the basic skills and core interventions needed to begin seeing clients. By approaching therapy as an art rather than from a prescriptive diagnostic position, this text encourages readers to look at every situation differently and draw from their embedded knowledge to best serve the individuals in their care. Authors Leah Brew and Jeffrey A. Kottler weave humor and passion into their engaging prose, effectively conveying their excitement and satisfaction for doing helping work.
Chapter 6: Exploration Skills
So, the client begins the second session, “I was wondering where we go next?”
Good question, you think, considering what direction to proceed. “What were you thinking about since our last conversation?” You ask this partially to stall, but also to get a sense of what has transpired during the intervening week. It is important to get an accurate reading on the current situation rather than make assumptions that may no longer be valid.
“I felt better after our talk. I mean, it feels good to know you can help me and all. Last time you said some interesting things about what might be going on. That all sounds good to me. So, what do we do next?”
An Overview of the Exploration Stage