The use of language in developing emotional safety
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This thesis explores how the language used by counsellors influences client experiences of emotional safety within the therapeutic relationship. This influence was explored through an online survey exploring counsellor and client understanding and characteristics of emotional safety and through counsellor reporting of likelihood of use and clients’ perceived emotional safety in response to statements provided. The responses were analyzed to determine an overall likelihood of use by counsellors and preference by clients that seemed to promote client-directed and collaborative statements over counsellor-directed statements. A further analysis of context and demographics was inconclusive leading to recommendations for further research.