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Receiving and Reading Meaning
Receiving and reading meaning
Introduction

So far we've explored the role of compassionate and mindful listening in creating a space for helpful conversations. We've also looked at the central importance of relationship, which more than any other identifiable aspect of practice has been linked to favorable outcomes. The chapter about relationship emphasized the importance of the counselor's attitudinal stance, with the reminder that as counselors we actively contribute to clients’ experience of themselves when we interact with them. This is not always foregrounded in the psychological literature, which frequently refers to “individual experience” and can inadvertently suggest an image of each of us experiencing the world in totally distinct ways, isolated from each other, sealed away in our own private bathyspheres (Hoffman, ...

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