Conclusion And Contraindica Tions

When a client is experiencing a personal problem in a dramatic form, he or she is likely to be confronted with the issue without any defense. Being the audience, group members are vicariously going through the same psychological journey as the key client. Thus, the postexercise group exchange is meaningful for members to experi ence not only their own but other members' successes and failures before they work out solutions together (Lo, 2005).

In relation to contraindications, the therapist should be aware of the different stages of the client's problem. The reactions of a client who is at the initial stage of gambling or extramarital affair would be very different from one who is "addicted" to it. In the latter case, the client may have gotten used to the ups and downs and might have become detached from his or her feelings when the happy or unhappy moments are recalled.


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