“Say More About That” Show Notes: Episode #27 – How therapists reframe negativity into positivity

Jeff Guenther, MS, LPC on Sep 01, 2019 in Say More About That

Jeff and fellow therapist, Rochelle Mollen, discuss how they reframe negative thoughts into positive ones with their clients. First they talk about key elements, such as trust and rapport, that are needed in a therapeutic relationship in order to positively influence a client. They examine all the obstacles that could get in the way of a positive reframe and why reframing a negative belief may be a bad idea for some clients. Then Jeff and Rochelle dive into real examples of how they have used reframing in session. Jeff also shares what he does in session when he gives an especially epic reframe and what he wishes clients would do when the reframe is a big success.

This episode covers:

  • What needs to happen before a therapist offers a reframe.
  • What can get in the way of positively influencing your client. 
  • Why it may be a bad idea to try and challenge defense mechanisms.
  • Some cliche, and classic, ways therapists try to reframe negative thoughts and feelings. 
  • Specific examples that Jeff and Rochelle use in therapy when trying to positively influence a client. 

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    Jeff Guenther is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR.

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