Interventions Facilitating Exploration and Understanding

Interventions facilitating exploration and understanding

Abstract

This chapter describes the basic skills promoting exploration and understanding utilised in counselling and psychotherapy. The skills are presented systematically, starting with the situations in which they may be used, the actual skills themselves and the reasons for their use in therapy. The exploration skills include attentive listening, responding to feelings and personal meanings, evocation of emotions, memories and associations, focusing on experiencing, the promotion of specificity, imagination of change, etc. The understanding promoting skills include the communication of empathic understanding, empathic conjecture, interpretation, promotion of the client's self-understanding, the provision of information, and focusing on interpersonal functioning in the here-and-now. Research findings are cited throughout to inform the use of the presented skills.

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