Essay On Reflective Listening

The relationship between therapist and client is an open and trustworthy relationship that is built on a foundation in order to reach the client goals and improve emotional well-being and what starts out as a very clinical process soon becomes an emotional one. Informed consent is mainly the psychotherapist explaining the process and risks of therapy, in language the client can understand, which include the facts, implications, and consequences of an action. According to Wikipedia informed consent is, “To give informed consent, the individual concerned must have adequate reasoning faculties and be in possession of all relevant facts. Impairments to reasoning and judgment that may prevent informed consent include basic intellectual or emotional …show more content…
Reflective listening comes down to being a really good listener, being intent on listening to someone and truly being interested. It means to reflect, with empathy and understanding what the person just said. Unlike “mirroring or parroting back” a client information reflective listening is to completely understand where the client is coming from and repeating what you understand in your own words back to the client. You can do this repeating back what the client just said to make sure the client feels understood, this is also known as paraphrasing. Reflective therapy is said to come about from Carl roger’s thought of client-centered therapy. “When the therapist says back to a client what the client has said, he or she should not try to reflect it exactly. Don’t try to be a parrot. Instead, work to understand in all its delicate detail the meanings and feelings expressed in what the client has said. Then, say all that back to the client, offering along with it your own inner understanding of what the client has said.” http://www.saybrook.edu/newexistentialists/posts/06-04-12/ I believe with reflective listening can help a therapist throughout their career. I believe reflective listening is very important because as human beings we are constantly changing, we are not static, so reflective listening is a great tool because it helps the therapist be in the here and now with the

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