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"It's not till you actually see it you believe it": How therapy recordings can make a difference for clients


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The effectiveness of using recordings of therapy sessions for client self-witnessing is not a new idea. However, understanding how recordings contribute to identity development has not been widely discussed or documented. This understanding has relevance for therapists employing therapeutic practices that seek to position clients well for rich reflection and development. This practice account discusses an identity shift for a client that occurred after listening to recordings of her therapy sessions. It considers the influence of recordings in that shift. Potential developments for the therapeutic relationship are also considered, including repositioning for clients, the benefits of client-initiated inquiry, and impact on power relations. The article advocates for the use of recordings for client witnessing and reflection and invites therapists to consider the possibilities of incorporating client-initiated inquiry and therapist-initiated inquiry.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reflexivity, reflexive audiencing practices, therapy, therapy recordings, narrative therapy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
Depositing User: Wendy Talbot
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2016 23:39
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 04:20

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