In some therapeutic models any behaviors or verbalizations that convey an unwillingness to change are labeled resistance. Clients may use resistance as a protective process, as they go through the stages of the therapeutic process, if they feel that they are being forced to change something they do not want to change. Even if the change is desired, clients may resist if change is happening too quickly, if it is too difficult, or if it is too scary at that particular point in time. Resistance is a common and expected part of therapeutic participation and aids in the reduction of the stress and anxiety that often accompanies therapy. A resistant client is viewed as a willing participant in the therapeutic process who at some point ...

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