Step Listen

Listen to the metaphors that children bring into therapy. So often they slip by, particularly if we are trying to interpret or analyze what is being said rather than just listening. Observe carefully if a young child in play builds an enclosing wall of blocks around a doll. Observe when a teenager says, "I'm battering my head against a brick wall trying to get through to my parents." Listen for the words, expressions, and affect that indicate the importance of the metaphor to the client.

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