From Chapter1, Identifying, assessing and treating concurrent disorders: The client-counsellor relationship in Treating Concurrent Disorders: A Guide for Counsellors (©2005 CAMH)
Other research offers information about the interpersonal dynamics between clients and their counsellors (Bachelor & Horvath, 1999):
- For therapy to be successful, a positive client–counsellor relationship is necessary.
- The client–counsellor relationship is usually formed early—within the first few contacts.
- The client’s perceptions of the relationship are more relevant to treatment outcomes than are those of the counsellor.
- Counsellors contribute to the relationship by using active listening, respect and responsiveness to build a climate of safety, trust and dependability.
- Clients contribute by becoming active participants, so that a shared view of the work together is developed.
- It is not whether conflict arises (it will), but how it is handled that makes the difference for the future relationship.
Identifying, assessing and treating concurrent disorders: The client–counsellor relationship