Responding to Facilitate Exploring

During the initial phase of the helping process, the helpers communicate statements that are “interchangeable” with the experiences of the helpee. Accurate responsiveness will serve to facilitate or stimulate the further exploration of the helpees’ experiences.

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The helpers “respond to the content” of the helpees’ expressions by reflecting or communicating back to the helpees what they are saying or talking about. The helpers ‘‘respond to the affect’’ involved by reflecting how ...

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