Conclusion And Contraindication

There are some contraindications to conducting this intervention. It may be very challenging for people who were not allowed to say no as children. People with borderline personality disorder or those with other severe interpersonal deficits may have a great deal of difficulty

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managing their feelings and interactions during the event. The therapist should increase supportive comments when this occurs. It is important to have an alternate agenda if the exercise appears to be too challenging for one or more group members.

Empathie, nonjudgmental, and supportive processing of this experiential exercise is usually beneficial to the group members and can be a highlight of the group experience, clearly remembered and referred to often when a group member continues in therapy. Generally, people take their new places and are able to engage in a rich exploration of the event, learning about their difficulties and needs. The event usually results in a deepening of the attachments in the group, the level of self-disclosure, and dedication to the group process. Members almost always try out and discuss new behaviors while finding their seats in subsequent group sessions.

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Hornyak, L. M., & Baker, E. K. (Eds.). (1989 ). Experiential therapies for eating disorders. New York: The Guilford Press. Schoener, G. R., & Luepker, E. T. (1996). Boundaries in group therapy: Ethical and practice issues. In B. DeChant (Ed.), Women and group psychotherapy: Theory and practice (pp. 373-399). New York: The Guilford Press.

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