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Curiosity in Therapy

Curiosity In Therapy

I would like to highlight the need for curiosity as a therapist. Curiosity has many advantages, but primarily it shows empathy, interest and that you are “there”. You will also find it becoming more and more vital as you experience those times when you make a presumption and find you were wrong. For example, one of the authors recently presumed that a client who expressed a feeling of guilt, felt guilty because she was having an affair with a married man, only to discover that the guilt was not related to his status as married but to her need for sex! What the therapist should have done was to ask which aspect of the relationship was resulting in the guilt.

It may well seem obvious, but if a hypnotherapist or psychotherapist is not professionally curious about a client, the likelihood of a successful therapeutic intervention or relationship is decreased considerably.

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