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Effective co-constructing language for the problem

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Alex and Maria “Effective co-constructing language for the problem” Scenario Background Maria is a 24-year-old, second-generation Argentinian woman living in Canada who came out as a lesbian last year. Her parents are devout Catholics and opposed to homosexuality, and she feels they have not fully absorbed her sexual orientation—they see it as a “phase.” She feels they are very gradually adjusting, but is concerned that announcing the plan to move in with her partner Lisa would disturb the current peaceful equilibrium in their relationship. Maria is getting pressure from Lisa, but is concerned that moving in would be extremely upsetting to her parents, and she is stuck as to how to go forward. Video Introduction Alex solicits Maria's help in distilling simplified language that they can share for describing the problem at hand. How does Alex help Maria to come up with words for the dilemma she faces? What aspects of this practice might you have done similarly/differently? Video Analysis It isn't always necessary to find one single word for “the problem,” and that is not the intention of this demonstration. But a “tag” that resonates for the client can be a useful shorthand as therapeutic conversations unfold.

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