Identify client goals
Through assessment you can determine two important questions
- Does my client need my help with stress management?
- Does my client want my help with stress management?
I'm sure that the need to identify your client's goals for treatment, and to base what you do on these goals has been drummed into you by now. If your initial interview suggests that stress is a contributor to their presenting issue, you should suggest a stress management process with your client.
Be sure to discuss your reasons for believing it would benefit the client, and what it would mean if they did not use stress management techniques.
One both you and your client have agreed to embark on a stress management programme, you will need to run through an assessment process with them. One important thing to do at the start of the process is to get a measure of their current level of stress.