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Therapists and Communicating with Clients

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Central to one's professional training as a therapist is the ability to accurately discern and reflect someone's affective states, both via verbal and non-verbal forms of communication. In addition, very often the therapist is helping one to develop a language to increase one's awareness of certain processes. The therapist assists the client by putting certain processes into words in order to help the client learn more effective and useful ways of responding to their feelings and emotions. However, I have found that this process (i.e. putting into words what someone is feeling) is often faced with resistance, regression, and fear. In light of schemas, emotions, and memory, can you identify any ways to more easily facilitate such a process within the clinical process?

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Traumatic things that happen to us can sometimes be stored in our schemas and in a sense locked away. Everything that happens to us is stored in our schemas and organized into our memories. Schemas are developed both unconsciously and consciously and help guide our trivial tasks such as brushing our teeth, to the most concrete tasks that answer the most important questions about our sense of self and our sense of the world. Because our schemas help us to interpret every event and every aspect of our lives at an extremely rapid rate, this can cause us to sometimes distort or misinterpret ...

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This solution discusses the various ways that a therapist can assist client in increasing their awareness in regard to schemas, memory and emotions.