Asking Permission: Rationale
Communicates respect for clients. Also, clients are more likely to discuss changing when asked, than when being lectured or being told to change.
Examples of Asking Permission
- “Do you mind if we talk about [insert behavior]?”
- “Can we talk a bit about your [insert behavior]?”
- “I noticed on your medical history that you have hypertension, do mind if we talk about how different lifestyles affect hypertension?” (Specific lifestyle concerns such as diet, exercise, and alcohol use can be substituted for the word “lifestyles” in this sentence.)
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