September 15, 2021

Therapeutic Resonance Across the Miles


This paper considers the significance of the theoretical under-pinnings behind the practices employed by career counsellors, with a brief examination of four theoretical approaches to career development within a postmodern paradigm. Faced with new ways of interacting and building relationships with our clients, counsellors must consider the impact of resonance and whether or not distance counselling can achieve the sesame goals.Written from the perspective of a graduate student attempting to commit to a dissertation focus by exploring a variety of theories within the field of career development, this paper ultimately asks the question– is it possible to build a therapeutic relationship with a client when physical proximity is not possible, or is the intimacy required for effective counselling only possible in a face to face setting. Exploring the idea that the career counselling relationship is most effective when human intimacy is fostered through embodied limbic resonance, this paper considers the influence of Buber’s (1974)discussion of human encounter, as well as Lewis et al.’s (2000) focus on love and empathy as essential ingredients within any counselling relationship.

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