Session Analysis


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  • Write one full page describing your assessment of the therapist's use of a relational approach to include: 1) the presence and management of any enactments; and 2) an assessment of the therapist's use of self-disclosure.

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Session Analysis
The therapist makes use of the relational approach to his psychotherapy practices, putting
emphasis on the manner in which the client relates to the family members in a caring and honest
environment. The therapist exercises patience and allows the client to set up the pace for the
therapeutic change. The therapist only creates the environment by truly listening to both the
spoken and unspoken feelings of the client, advances accurate empathy and then structures the
treatment according to the client’s personal needs. For example, the therapist was able to slowly
extract information about the fight that the client had with his family over the holiday by simply
listening and creating a suitable environment for the client to share.
Presence is revealed in the client-therapist engagement when the therapist expresses
empathy and understanding to the client. First, the therapist begins by putting himself in the
client’s place when the client starts complaining about being charged for canceling
appointments. The therapist goes an extra mile to imagine what the client is experiencing about
this, appreciates that the patient is angry at him and even seeks the patient’s opinion of how he

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