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Therapist: Passive or Active Participant

Do you think that a therapist should be an active participant in the treatment of his or her clients? Why or why not?

Please provide sources to support your choice.

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1. Do you think that a therapist should be an active participant in the treatment of his or her clients? Why or why not.

The answer to this question depends, at least to some extent, on the type of therapy and theory of the therapist. From a cognitive or cognitive behavioral perspective, for example, the therapist is "active" and in partnership with the client and explains the relationship to the client in terms of my role and your role. The therapist directs the sessions to areas that need attention.

For example, in therapy, by the end of the first or second session, an "active?cognitive and/or cognitive behavioral therapist will tell you how he or she sees your case and how she thinks you should proceed together in treatment. This illustrates the view of the therapy as a partnership between you and the therapist. The client defines the problem areas to be worked on and the therapist uses her or his knowledge to help the clients to make the changes they want to make.

In Cognitive and or Cognitive/Behavioral therapy that also promote active participation of the client as well, the client and therapist ...

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This solution examines if a therapist should be an active participant in the treatment of his or her clients, including why or why not. References provided.

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