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In what situations might it not be appropriate to maintain direct eye contact with a client?

Studies have shown that, body language is another form of the unspoken communication that goes on in every face-to-face encounter from one individual to another individual. It projects our true feelings towards others and how well our words are being received by them. Therefore in counseling session the â??faceâ? will be the most expressive part of the body of either the counselor or the client. So, paying attention to it is important because it does communicate things like boundaries, respect, anger, resentment, fear, sadness and so on. So counselors working with clients who do not like eye-contact should respect this and find out from their clients what other ways will make their session feel comfortable and safe.

Ivey et al. (1997) suggest that culturally appropriate nonverbal behaviour is crucial to successful counselling outcomes. He advocates that all practicing counsellors should 'begin a lifetime of study of nonverbal communication about eye contact, posture, touching, vocal tracking and space in order to understand their patterns and variations.

Is it possible for counselors to adopt different styles of non verbal communication and still listen effectively?


(Body Language in Patient Counselling): by Mrs. Reena, Education Department, Aravind Eye Hospital, Maduraihttp://laico.org/v2020resource/files/Body%20language.pdf. Retrieved June 15, 2011.

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Just as the layman's analogy exists that it is possible to walk and chew gum at the same time, yes, it is quite possible for counselors to adopt different styles of non ...

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Use of non verbal communication among counselors is briefly articulated.

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