Updated 24 June 2014

The eight commandments of emotional support

Pierre Brouard's eight commandments of emotional support can be applied by HIV/Aids counsellors.

The eight commandments of emotional support - by Pierre Brouard
  1. Be non-judgemental
  2. Be empathetic
  3. Don’t give advice
  4. Don’t ask why
  5. Don’t take responsibility for the other person’s problems
  6. Don’t interpret
  7. Stick with the here and now
  8. Deal with feelings first

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