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The Therapeutic Power of the Relationship


What are the best techniques in counselling? How can I learn the practice of therapeutic techniques? These are the most frequent questions asked by beginning therapists. They are eager to learn counselling techniques. Nevertheless they soon discover that the most therapeutic tool is not a good technique, but a good relationship. Indeed, the client’s relationship to the counsellor contains the most powerful forces in the therapeutic process. Change always occurs in the context of a good interpersonal relationship. The techniques you use are of secondary importance compared to your personality and your capacity to be empathic and establish a warm relationship. Here lies the core of all therapy.