chapter  4
The Therapeutic Relationship
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Problems are inevitable in life, and they are especially common in times of transition, such as the transition to parenthood. Perinatal women often describe a host of problems that they are facing, such how to decide what arrangements to make for their baby when they go back to work, how to deal with a mother-in-law who parents very differently than they do, and what to do with a baby that is not latching properly. Once the therapist and client have agreed on the problem to be addressed, the client is encouraged to identify potential solutions to the problem. This process is called brainstorming, and the key to brainstorming is that clients generate a wide range of solutions without attaching judgment or preconceived notions. Much of this research was translated into a specific Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) that is focused on problem solving.