Counselling with Children and Young People provides a distinctive focus on child therapy in school settings, addressing in a unique level of detail. The authors adopt a broad ecosystematic, integrative approach that takes into account the factors of family, school and wider community, placing emphasis on significant development and attachment issues.
Chapter Seven: The Therapeutic Relationship: Conditions and Processes
The Therapeutic Relationship: Conditions and Processes
This chapter considers in more detail the various conditions and processes involved in a therapeutic relationship. It will identify key concepts, explain what they mean and why they are important, and illuminate them with case examples to demonstrate how to work with them. Understanding these concepts is necessary because, as we will see, a therapist's conceptualising and thinking skills are essential in managing countertransference and in purposely utilising the therapeutic relationship.
The chapter is organised into three sections. The first looks at that strand of the therapeutic relationship termed the ‘real relationship’. Here we examine the core conditions, affect attunement, selective attunements and misattunements, affect regulation, and those ...