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Part Three: Mapping Clients' Experience
Subject: Therapeutic Relationships
You may remember that at the start of the previous section, “Constructing a Foundation for Collaboration,” I wrote about the pedagogical challenge of breaking down the craft of counseling into separate elements without straying too far from what actually happens in practice. We bump into this challenge again in the relationship between the two chapters of this section about mapping clients’ experience because the skills introduced are not necessarily sharply differentiated in practice. Nevertheless, as stated elsewhere, the chapters adhere to a general arc of practice. Chapter 5 covers two primary tasks: (a) We ask about the other's experience, and (b) we do an initial interpretation of the meaning of what they share. Chapter 6 is devoted to a ...