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Enhancing Therapeutic Skills

Dubrow-Marshall, Linda; Viliardos, Laura



Jeannette Roddy


Creating the right environment for counselling to take place is vital for any therapy to progress. The nature of domestic abuse, such that it is a relational abuse, requires very strong and clear therapeutic relationships to be built. As counselling trainers, we assessed the level of skills required and concluded this was above the standard of skills normally required in final assessments during counselling training.
This chapter identifies the main skills required to work well with someone who has experienced domestic abuse. It also invites you to reflect on your competency level regarding these skills and to consider how these could be improved (if necessary). This chapter will also discuss the important issues of building trust and hope, as well as how to respond to difficult client disclosures during therapy, in the context of ethics and safeguarding.


Dubrow-Marshall, L., & Viliardos, L. (2023). Enhancing Therapeutic Skills. In J. Roddy (Ed.), Working with Client Experiences of Domestic Abuse (43-49). Routledge

Acceptance Date May 11, 2023
Publication Date Jun 30, 2023
Deposit Date Feb 1, 2024
Publicly Available Date Dec 31, 2024
Publisher Routledge
Pages 43-49
Book Title Working with Client Experiences of Domestic Abuse
Chapter Number 4
Keywords domestic abuse, therapeutic skills,
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