Deep Listening Skills
Deep Listening Skills are at the core of all therapeutic change work. Without good listening skills a client will not FEEL heard, and this feeling of being heard is vital.
We all know people who appear to listen, but we always know whether this is genuine. So a therapist must have, or develop, deep listening skills and showing that they have listened.
Listening does NOT mean agreeing. I constantly hear people accusing the government (as well as ordinary people) of not listening, but what they really mean is not agreeing. This is different, and luckily it will not matter to a client what a therapist thinks as it is not his or her job to make changes to their lives: that is their job! Deep listening skills allow for the client to get on and make the changes they need to in order to live in a healthier way for themselves.