Over the years, the classic divide between thought and feeling has been reflected not only in social work but also in counselling and psychotherapy. Casework based on psychodynamic principles and relationship-based approaches has a keen sense of the part that emotions play in our thoughts, behaviour, and development. Strong feelings crop up whenever we are threatened or confused, under stress or not in control, unloved or abandoned, accepted or rejected. Social workers therefore need to recognise and understand the part that emotions play in relationships. Helping clients recognise and manage their feelings brings about insight and control.
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