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Counsellor & Psychotherapist Accredited Practising Dietitian
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  • Issue 49: What Does Presence Sound Like?

    Written by Tara MacGregor on 01-Aug-2018

    In this issue I am extending on the beautiful Parker Palmer poem shared in Issue 48. If you missed it or would like a refresh you can take a peep in the blog listing below. In this 'poem' Palmer encourages us to work with presence rather than intervention, to be truly helpful when someone is stuck or struggling. This encouragement is deeply resonant with the spirit of MI and in this issue I thought it may be useful to bring this encouragement to life and offer a sample of what this may actually sound like in session with a client. This sample dialogue feature a practitioner working within the HAES ® approach to health. Read on for more.......

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  • Issue 47: Looking for the resources for change? Affirm what sits in your client

    Written by Tara MacGregor on 31-Mar-2018

    When working in an MI framework we are actively steering a conversation towards the strengthening of a client's own motivations for change .....from within them. Rather than instilling motivation via our knowledge and enthusiasm, we are evoking it or drawing it out of the client. One way we can do this is by listening for and responding to change talk. In recent issues we have looked at responding to change talk by inviting our clients to 'say more please' by elaborating or giving examples (more in Issue 46).  This issue will feature a quick look at responding to change talk by affirming it.  When practicing affirming, rather than looking for problems and finding solutions we are 'looking for the good' and handing it back to the client - after all it is their resource!

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