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Effective counselling, in my opinion, is based on a number of agreed understandings between you and your clients. If you both disagree on any aspect of the process, then a potential obstacle to the clients' progress exists and needs to be identified, explored and resolved. Such disagreements that you and your clients may have about counselling are often based on different views that you respectively hold about counselling. While Bordin (1979), the originator of the tripartite model of the working alliance that informs much of this book, did not put forward ‘views’ as a separate domain of the alliance, I have found it valuable to include it as such when reflecting on my own practice and as an aid in training and supervising counsellors.

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