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Building working relationships in therapy

A brief description of what you believe to be the three most important building blocks needed to establish a successful therapeutic alliance. Justify your selection with citations and descriptions. Include the barriers that may impede implementing these building blocks. Discuss how a new clientâ??s stage of change affects the building of a successful therapeutic alliance.

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Three of the most importnat building blocks of the therapeutic alliance are:
1. Empathy: An accurate empathetic relationship of the client's awareness is necessary in the helping relationship. "It is essential to have the ability to enter the client's "private world" and understand their thoughts and feelings without being judgemental." A therapist needs to be able to put him/herself in his/her client's shoes when the client is discussing issues that brought him/her to therapy. If a therapist is incapable of being non-judgemental the client is likely to become upset with the therapist and find one who may be more understanding.
2. Therapist's genuineness within the helping relationship: Rogers felt that a therapist needs to "freely and deeply be himself." This is a vital component to the theraputic alliance in order for the therapist to establish a certain level of comfort with his/her client. It builds trust in the helping relationship The therapist needs to be a "real human being" with "real thoughts, real ...

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This solution provides a brief expalanatiom of the three most important building blocks needed to establish a successful therapeutic alliance. It also includes the barriers that may impede implementing these building blocks and discusses how a new client's stage of change affects the building of a successful therapeutic alliance.

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