Accompanying a Client on His Therapy Journey This paper discusses the “journey” that clients take when entering therapy, and some of the challenges they may face along the way. Various roadblocks, such as the need to practice therapy skills, unrealistic expectations about outcomes of therapy, and the difficulty of the journey can cause the client to stumble ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2008
Accompanying a Client on His Therapy Journey
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kristin M. Pelczarski
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • J. Scott Yaruss
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Articles
Article   |   August 01, 2008
Accompanying a Client on His Therapy Journey
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2008, Vol. 18, 64-68. doi:10.1044/ffd18.2.64
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2008, Vol. 18, 64-68. doi:10.1044/ffd18.2.64
Abstract

This paper discusses the “journey” that clients take when entering therapy, and some of the challenges they may face along the way. Various roadblocks, such as the need to practice therapy skills, unrealistic expectations about outcomes of therapy, and the difficulty of the journey can cause the client to stumble along the path and, thereby, minimize the client’s chances of success. This paper emphasizes how the clinician must be attuned to the client to help him benefit from therapy and how the clinician must remain flexible in order to adapt to the changes that occur as a speaker’s journey unfolds.

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