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1. How do you think it is best to handle a situation in which a client becomes upset or frustrated because the counselor’s paraphrase is not what the client was trying to communicate?
2. In your post, you stated, ” It is important when paraphrasing to end with” did I hear you correctly”? and the client will affirm to it or not.” This is a good point. When paraphrasing, we are making space to help ensure that we are understanding the client correctly and to get feedback from the client accordingly. You mentioned one way to give space to the client to confirm or correct our understanding by ending our paraphrase by asking if we hear them correctly. Can anyone think of some other ways that we can give the client space to affirm or correct our paraphrased understanding of the client?
3. Note taking is a very individualized therapeutic decision on the part of the clinician. I know many counselors who regularly take notes during session, and they find it to be a very useful way to stay connected to what the client is saying and provide clarity for therapy. Others, and I being among them, feel that taking notes prevents them from being able to attend to the client as closely as they want to. For me, I want to be able to constantly observe and interpret the client’s body language, facial expressions, and vocal tone. If I take notes, I am not able to do that as well as I would like. However, as I indicated above, it is something that is determined by the individual style and approach of the therapist. I like the plan you referenced in your post in which immediately following the session, therapists create a summary of the session with the follow up plan for the next session. Why do you think this is important to do immediately following the session versus at the end of the day?
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