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The Client/counsellor Relationship in Behavioural Therapy

Considering the role and nature of the client/therapist relationship in behaviour therapy. How would you rate the importance of the relationship component in behaviour therapy, compared to other counselling approaches?

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The key element to behavioural therapy is the idea that the therapy is collaborative and the client is the expert (after all they know themselves the best). The therapist is not the expert - and is simply there to aid the client to work through their problem.

The therapist can suggest ideas (e.g., help the client to devise a graded hierarchy (systematic desensitization) to tackle their problem. So in the case of the client with social anxiety together the therapist and client will work out the most stressful and anxiety provoking situation (probably being a busy shopping mall) and then the least (e.g., being in ...

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The key element to behavioural therapy is the idea that the therapy is collaborative and the client is the expert (after all they know themselves the best). The therapist is not the expert - and is simply there to aid the client to work through their problem.

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