What is ACTIVE LISTENING?

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a psychotherapeutic approach that occurs when the professional listens to a patient meticulously and diligently, inquiring as required, in an effort to completely comprehend the matter related with the message and the level of the patient's feelings. The professional usually repeats whatever the patient has stated to guarantee the patient that they have been comprehended. Active listening is used commonly in conjunction with client-centered therapy practices.

ACTIVE LISTENING: "Active listening is one of the most common approachs to therapy by a professional."

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