Therapist Role Model

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This principle can be applied to encourage emotional expression and emotional stability that is desired in experiential theory and systems theory, respectively. When clients show moments of healthy expression and differentiation, a reward is given. This could be as simple as using verbal affirmation or nonverbal cues. This technique may be very effective with clients with addiction, but used with caution, as the client may try to manipulate the system or become addicted to the process rather than gleaning real results.
Therapist Role
People cannot be forced to change, but may be guided in a more desirable direction should they submit to this guidance. The therapist’s role is to lead families into healthy discussion and self-exploration, from which the clients derive meaning and implications. The therapist will empower the family members to take ownership
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I can see the use in short-term methods, but therapy is an investment for many people. I would much rather give families tools and insights that will affect every situation they face than only specific situations. I believe self-awareness is a pillar of self-care and the love of others. When we know ourselves, we are better able to respond to difficulties that face us and avoid getting stuck in destructive patterns. Through this integrated method, I would stimulate people to be self-aware and self-accepting, not in a passive way, but rather that because they know who they are and what they need, they are able to stimulate change and growth in their relationships. I also believe that being aware of how our actions and words influence others can greatly impact our relationships. Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches us not only why we do what we do, but how what we do impacts others. The interaction between emotion, thought and behavior is inseparable in this integration and in our

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