Being focused on myself made it difficult to take his needs into consideration.
The reason this was coming to mind this morning is that we just finished teaching our group some interpersonal effectiveness skills at my clinic.
This can be a powerful way to unglue actions from thoughts or feelings.
For example, when you are salivating over that late-night Mc Donald’s commercial, saying “I’m experiencing an urge to eat junk food” helps you to remember that urges pass and that you don’t need to act on them.
When done correctly, both clinician and client can decipher the variables at work during a behavior, identify patterns, and work collaboratively to put new behaviors into effect. Validation is an integral part of maintaining any therapeutic relationship and can keep clients positively engaged in therapy and working toward their long-term goals.
Describe: Now put words, or labels, on what you see and how you feel.
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Implement these powerful strategies to help your clients more fully achieve their goals and build lives worth living.
Our children are not the only ones who can benefit from understanding and active listening.
Husbands, friends, family and yes, even we, ourselves, need it.