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The more you develop a broad range of skills, comfort zones, and flexibility, the more you'll be able to tailor your approach to the needs and styles of a variety of clients. You'll be a master actor, able to adapt to a broad range of roles, rather than a character actor, who plays essentially the same part in every script.
Being an effective clinician means letting go of preconceived ideas about how to respond, and paying attention to your clients' moment-to-moment needs. This attitude requires comfort with the unknown and faith in the therapeutic process. When you have no idea what to say until after the client has responded, you'll know you're getting the hang of it.
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