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Supportive yet challenging, this volume contains 30 useful hints and reminders to help both students and professionals in counseling examine and improve key areas of ther work. Developing Gestalt Counseling encourages counselors to focus on areas that they feel need special attention by covering topics such as relationship and dialogue, assessment in the Gestalt approach; contact, awareness, proactivity, and responsibility; and experimental and creative methods. Author Jennifer Mackewn provides an easy-to-read and informative book for readers who are already familiar with the fundamentals of counseling and have begun work with clients in counseling psychology and social work settings.

Making a Working Alliance with Clients
Making a working alliance with clients

Start forging a working alliance between yourself and clients from the first contact. Research indicates that the strength and early establishment of a working alliance between client and counsellor is the primary contributor to a successful outcome (Bordin, 1975; Gelso and Carter, 1985).

The working alliance is the adult to adult agreement that you and clients make to work on the client's problems and the client's unfolding development of awareness. It is the alignment which can be created between the ‘reasonable’ side of the client and your ‘reasonable’ or working side. It is the commitment to work together even when this seems inconvenient or difficult. This alliance permits the client to experience negative feelings towards the ...

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