chapter  Chapter 8
12 Pages

The Supply Line

ByBill McHenry, Jim McHenry

In effect there is a fine line here between actually helping the client get and use pertinent information that can lead to effective, healthy behavioral change and presenting positions primarily drawn and colored from the therapist’s point of view. The therapist amplifies the attempt the client is making at understanding his own particular view of the situation. The therapist uses the skill to highlight strengths and positive insight by the client. This skill is also used to help the therapist clarify what she is experiencing in the therapeutic relationship. To provide the client with feedback about how the therapist is experiencing the session, the client, or the story of the client. This feedback and therapist response should be anchored in the moment, not in previous material. Providing clear and clean feedback to the client is absolutely vital in effective counseling.