The next step is to ask questions about the kinds of food people are eating. For example, ‘Do you eat very spicy foods?’ or ‘Is there anything you don’t like to eat at all?’ Questions about foods eaten may also include asking for specific examples, e.g., ‘What types of vegetables do you enjoy having with your meal? What fruit does absolutely nothing for you when it comes to breakfast?’
Once a person has answered these questions they can be moved on to more advanced methods which will be discussed later in this chapter.
2 The use of language
As mentioned before, using language effectively involves maximizing empathy and accurate understanding between clinician and client as well as avoiding misunderstandings that could detract from health care delivery (see Chapter 3). In particular, alternative strategies such as non-verbal communication should be used whenever possible because they enable the listener or reader to make sense out of what is being said without having constantly referring back to the words themselves – a process known as metalinguistic thinking (see Table 2.1). Thus a common way in which alternative strategies are utilized by LMHCs is through their choice of words during therapy sessions – an area often referred by therapists who feel that patients have become frustrated by constantly re-explaining things unnecessarily due simply to poor wording! In addition though, some considerations will need to be made if one wishes not only for the patient but