Metaphor and Change in Counseling
Increased general interest among counselors in the way language, narratives, and stories influence clients' personal and social realities has drawn particular attention to metaphorical language and its facilitative role in counseling. In this article, the authors suggest that metaphors and metaphorical knowing may play a significant role in facilitating at least 5 developmental change processes in counseling: relationship building, accessing and symbolizing client emotions, uncovering and challenging clients' tacit assumptions, working with client resistance, and introducing new frames of reference.
Journal of Counseling and Development
Lyddon, W. J.,
Clay, A. L.,
Sparks, C. L.
(2001). Metaphor and Change in Counseling. Journal of Counseling and Development, 79(3), 269-274.
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