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Psychotherapy is a professional helping process through which an experienced human services worker therapist empowers guides and collaborates with a person seeking help client to implement meaningful change and growth during times of transition psychological stress or emotional distress The therapy process while somewhat flexible moves through four major stages relationship building and assessment goal setting and contracting intervention and termination and follow-up Preparation The preparation for therapy depends on each therapists individual preferences However typically it is helpful to have intake and insurance forms available for the first session Additionally a notebook and pen should always be within reach Process These are the stages a typical psychotherapy moves through Stage 1 Relationship-building and Assessment The positive outcome of psychotherapy depends to a large extent on the therapist-client relationship A therapeutic relationship based on mutual trust respect and the belief that the client has the ability to change is crucial for the client to share truthfully about his or her situation Once a relationship has been established the therapist gathers further information and insight about the clients situation using a variety of interviewing skills as shown in Table 1 TABLE 1 INTERVIEWING SKILLS this table does not show up correctly on cheathouse SkillDetails Skill of observingLooking for signs to understand what is going on with a client facial expressions vocal quality speech pattern body posture gestures general appearance eye contact etc Reaching for informationAsking questions open-ended generalized or closed-endedspecific Paraphrasing and summarizing Reaching inside of silence waiting it out or figuring out what the silence is about Reaching for feelingsWhen clients non-verbal behavior suggests presence of feelings but the verbal does not or when client does not express any feelings in a situation that generally would evoke feelings Throughout therapy active listening is also an important skill It helps the therapist to gain understanding of the clients problems learn about the clients thoughts feelings and actions discover the clients strengths
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