As an art therapist, how do you engage clients? It can be easy to get caught up in what it is that you do, but this is where most therapists fall short. One of the most important things that we can all learn from David Blaine’s ‘The Blaine Effect’ is simply this: Every person who walks into your practice has a story to tell. By listening carefully and dedicating time to truly understanding their story, therapists will gain insight into the root cause of their distress, and then work with these causes to heal the emotional scarring.
While listening to clients, therapists should attempt to understand what makes them feel good. This requires that they fully comprehend their internal dialogue – what their body is telling them, why they are feeling this way, what kind of feelings and thoughts they are trying to communicate. All too often, when a client tells a therapist that he or she feels anxious all the time, the therapist assumes that there is some other underlying mental health issue causing the anxiety. However, it could be that the client is simply trying to manage the intensity and frequency of anxiety through cognitive restructuring. If so, then the therapist will have to help the client deal with the anxiety by enabling him or her to change the way they think about and respond to their stressful circumstances.
Some therapists also like to record sessions so that they can listen to them later. Recording sessions allow therapists to hear what a client is saying, which will enable them to further delve into their psyche and learn more about them. This helps them to identify deeper issues, such as past trauma or patterns of unhealthy thought patterns. The recordings also give therapists a chance to make corrections to the client’s session that will help him or her to address the emotional scars. This way, the client’s mental health and well-being are not compromised and is in fact enhanced.
A great way to engage clients is through group counseling sessions. In these sessions, therapists encourage clients to talk about their problems and share their experiences with other clients. They do this not to diagnose or prescribe medications, but rather to empower their clients by providing an opportunity for them to talk out their concerns and fears. As such, therapy can provide some much needed support and encouragement for clients, thus making for a more productive and effective session.
How do therapists engage clients? In order to build a lasting therapeutic relationship with clients, the therapist must first show respect and concern for them. When you are working with someone who is anxious about something, the last thing you want to do is use harsh words or berate them publicly in front of everyone. The therapist should approach his or her patient with care, respect, and confidentiality at all times, particularly when discussing medical issues or sensitive personal issues.
Another important quality of a good therapist is the ability to listen carefully to the client and really hear what they are saying. A great therapist never interrupts the client during the therapy sessions. As such, it is critical for therapists to be skilled in understanding how clients process information and react emotionally. It is also essential for therapists to offer effective feedback, allowing the client to know when he or she is doing something right and when they are doing something wrong.
Finally, in order to build a therapeutic relationship with their patients, therapists must be able to clearly set expectations. Clients need to know what they can expect from the therapeutic communication session before ever entering the session itself. Therapists should also set reasonable goals and deadlines for the clients so that they can plan and prepare themselves appropriately. While it may seem counterintuitive to ask clients for expectations, therapists can’t ask for too many, or else they will not be properly prepared. A good therapist asks a client what they can expect from the therapy, and then offers realistic goals and deadlines to help the client meet them.
In this article, we have discussed the most critical qualities of a psychodrama therapist in building an effective therapeutic relationship with clients. We hoped that the article’s focus gave you a good foundation on which to begin your search for a psychodrama therapist who will best meet your needs. If you would like more information on how you can determine which therapist is right for you, please visit our website.