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Building the Relationship
Building the relationship

A striking finding of meta-analyses of counseling and psychotherapy studies is that the therapeutic relationship contributes far more substantially to outcomes than do theories or models. Considering the attention devoted to theories, and the competition among proponents of the many models of practice circulating the professional community, this may come as a surprise. On the other hand, when you consider the practice of counseling in the terms laid out here, understanding it as the collaborative co-construction of meaning through dialogue, the finding that the relationship is central is less surprising. As noted elsewhere, therapeutic conversations are akin to relational dances. Adroit practitioners need to respond to their clients throughout their work together, adjusting their course in accord with shifts ...

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