Open-ended questioning is almost always recommended for therapeutic situations as they seem less judgmental and confrontational. Use these questions in your practice to help clients process their situations and emotion.
In addition to using these questions, apply these tips when using open-ended questions with your clients.
Take a few minutes to warm your client up and ask some less threatening questions until the client feels more comfortable.
Don’t be afraid to clarify what is being said.
Potentially include additional questions related to your specific theoretical orientation.
Employ active listening to show the client that you understand what they are saying.
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