The final step is to ratify and consolidate the therapeutic changes brought about by the client. "How can you and I help dolly make those changes?" or "How can you start to put those changes into practice?"
In sum, it is a process of listening to children's language, listening to their level of experience, listening to their style of thinking, and joining them on their journey, much as you might fall into the style and pace of a friend while out walking together. Once you have this step-by-step process for attuning yourself to a child's self-generated metaphors, you have a simple and effective tool that helps validate the child's experience, builds the therapeutic bond, and provides the basis for the child to develop empowering strategies for change.
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