The Biggest Challenge of Telepractice
1. The Therapeutic Alliance
2. A Surprising Discovery
3. Increasing client-therapist rapport in telepractice
A. Active listening
B. Verbally engaging
C. Emulating the client’s speech
When speaking with the client, the therapist needs to use metaphors, phrases, and words that are familiar to the client to build a strong rapport. This begins with the therapist listening carefully to the client’s language and expression, and then attempting to imitate it in the therapist’s communication. Devoid of direct eye contact and body language, this “verbal connection” is all the more crucial in telepractice.