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Part Five: Promoting Change
Subject: Therapeutic Relationships
This fifth section of the book makes more explicit the focus on what is arguably the central purpose of counseling: change. You may notice I didn't say the section introduces the topic, because the numerous skills already featured in the text are ultimately aimed at promoting change. That's because they're devoted to a movement away from distress or suffering, a movement that suggests some form of change in acting, thinking, feeling, and so on.
Spatial metaphors have appeared from time to time in these pages to capture that sense of movement: Weingarten's (1998) reference to clients as “fellow travelers,” the idea of helping clients move forward, the notion of seeking out new territories of living. White (2007) uses the term “transport” to ...