Psychotherapy-Practitioner-Client Matching

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The South African context provides some unique issues when trying to apply psychological theories/treatments into a diverse multi-cultured country. This issue is largely due to the .of these differences may include: Language, age, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, educational level, race, income bracket, class, and other belief systems/social constructs. In the field of clinical psychology there are two options to address these above mentioned issues. Reflective practice and therapist-client matching are both viable options. However, because of South Africa’s unique context this essay will side with reflective practice as the more suitable option.

Nonetheless, some aspects of therapist-client matching would be beneficial to
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A practitioner’s self-knowledge has proven effective for enhancing the reflective processes in clients (Collins, Arthur and Wong-Wylie, 2010). The above enhances the occurrence of positive outcomes and improves the quality of interaction between practitioner and client (Collins, Arthur and Wong-Wylie, 2010). Besides the immediate benefits of reflective practice, there are also long-term benefits for engaging in this type of practice. Collins, Arthur and Wong-Wylie (2010) state that reflective practice nurtures positive changes and helps builds professional stamina for practitioners in the long-term (Collins, Arthur and Wong-Wylie, 2010). Failure to adhere to reflective practice can lead to misdiagnosis as many practitioners fail to view the client’s issue through the client’s perspective and understanding (Mamede, Schmidt & Penaforte,…show more content…
This would be due to the inequality in the country, which has limited particular groups from tertiary education. As a result, there isn’t much diversity amongst the practicing psychologist in South Africa. In addition, the ratio of clients to practitioners wouldn’t allow for client matching to be implemented at this present time. It is however important to note that client matching may be a very viable option in the future if the field of clinical psychology manages to have a more diverse range of practitioners. Furthermore, reflective practice at this present time is most likely the most effective option for dealing with the above issues. Reflective issues will enable practitioners to deal with the unique issues that they will encounter from the extremely diverse range of clients. Who may each have a very different background, culture, belief system, etc from other clients. Reflective practice will allow the practitioner to better understand the issues, better show empathy and build a good therapeutic relationship with their

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