Activities for Therapeutic Listening

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning how to listen therapeutically is an important way to develop your capacity to offer support and affirmation. In this lesson, discover how these activities will help you develop your therapeutic listening skills.

Why Therapeutic Listening Matters

As someone in a helping profession, you have probably thought quite a bit about the importance of listening. When you listen to another person, you learn more about their experience and become better equipped to help them. Therapeutic listening is a kind of listening that embeds therapeutic support into the listening process. When you listen therapeutically, you show another person that they are important to you, and you offer support even as you let their voice remain central.

Learning to listen therapeutically is not something that can happen instantaneously. In fact, therapeutic listening takes time, practice, and patience. It means really honoring emotion in all of its complexity and learning to sit with the experience of someone who might be very different from yourself.

One of the best ways to practice therapeutic listening is via activities. The activities in this lesson are designed to make you a better therapeutic listener and someone who can offer strong support, love, and guidance to those who are in need of it.

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