Building Rapport: An Essential Counseling Skill

Estimated watch time: 56 mins 
Available credits: none
Speaker: Sarah Spurlock, LMFT

Learn how to find the balance between taking the reigns of the therapeutic process as the professional and guiding your client through their treatment and making them feel comfortable, following their lead, and focusing on their needs and goals. 


  1. Guiding your clients through their goals and treatment plan
  2. Establishing a good working relationship and helping clients to feel comfortable
  3. Helping clients understand the therapeutic process
  4. Following the client’s lead
  5. Discussing progress and future goals
  6. Knowing when and how to make recommendations

About the Speaker:

Sarah Spurlock is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and the Owner and Executive Director of Denver Counseling Solutions in Denver, Colorado. Denver Counseling Solutions has 4 locations and 15 therapists on staff. Sarah specializes in couples counseling and supervising and training other therapists. She is originally from Indianapolis, IN. Sarah has been married to her husband for 20 years and they have an adorable 9 year old son. She is an avid pet lover and foodie!

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