Acknowledging in Therapy
Acknowledging in therapy leads on from unconditional positive regard in that it is one step beyond. UPR sees the client in a positive light and communicates this, acknowledging is more specific. For example, UPR might be saying to a client who is struggling with a feeling of failure, âI hear you saying that your father would see this as failure, but letâs look at how you feel and how what you have experienced will affect you in the future.â Acknowledging might be saying âI hear you saying that your father would see this as failure, but I want to say that it seems to me that you have come a long way in the last year when they didnât even want you to stay on for finals. You have a degree now and that is a good thing! So letâs look now at how you feel and how what you have experienced will affect you in the future.â
For therapistsÂ who come from a counselling background, making positive judgements like this may seem odd (for those who donât this comment may seem odd!), but the hypno-psychotherapist’sÂ primary role is to be the clientâs number one fan. Positive reinforcement (done congruently) is paramount! If you canât give this to a particular client then they and you are not compatible so refer on.
Acknowledging in therapy can be easier for both therapistÂ and client, and done more powerfully, using hypnosis