The Existential And Postmodern Approaches

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According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of a relation is “a state of being mutually or reciprocally interested,” which relationship is a connection by the way the of relations (Relation, 2017). Since the term relationship is defined, therapy is then a process with a purpose; for example, the resolution of clients’ problems. To achieve the treatment that the patient needs, the innovative approach must attain the goal for the patient’s point of mutual interest with the therapist, who also has a common interest in resolving the patient’s problems. Addressing the patient’s problems means accomplishing some changes in the way the client perceives, thinks, feels, sees their reality. This small detail requires active participation from the…show more content…
Every single activity, session, interaction that the client and therapist execute jointly in the course of their combined struggle to help the patient deal with life more effectively with life’s most challenging aspect is the therapeutic relationship (Oliveira, Sousa, & Pires, 2012, p. 295). Flexibility from both the therapist and the client must be given at all times to be able to co-create a new story with the patient. The therapist’s listening and attending to the sessions are essential to this part of the relationship. This approach is like a trial and error run. Since the therapist has never previously worked with this client before, each encounter in therapy is like uncharted territory for both the client and the therapist. The therapist cannot rely on fixed techniques and procedures for treatment; flexibility is a must, especially in the aspect of changing (Slife, 2005). The client will change with the therapist’s help, and flexibility from both parties is needed. If not, the therapeutic relationship will be affected. This therapeutic relationship is an on-going project throughout the treatment process. The relationship is built by how the client and therapist work together on creating new narratives based on new lived experiences in more empowering ways and promoting change.
As important as the bond between a client and therapist is advantageous for therapy, it does not constitute the fullness of the relationship. Clients also bond with
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