Title : Empowering through connection A case for helping clients heal through the therapeutic relationship
The therapeutic relationship can be a powerful catalyst to engage clients in building healthy relationships with others and healing from the trauma in their past. While most practitioners can agree that the therapeutic alliance is important, there has been a change of focus that has some questioning if ‘person-centered care’ is more than just a turn of phrase. In this oral presentation, the case is made for a return to one of the “basics” of counseling and psychotherapy—the raw power of the therapeutic relationship and how the utilization of the relationship can help our clients move beyond their past, embrace the present and engage in their future.
Topics discussed during the talk: ethical concerns, amount of clinical interactions potentially needed to offset the effects of trauma, and the importance of individualized ‘person-centered’ care for every client.