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link of the relationship (Harkreader and Hogan, 2004, p.243). (Peplau 1952, citedin Harkreader and Hogan 2004, p.245) note that a good contact in a therapeuticrelationship builds trust as well as would raise the patient’s self-esteem whichcould lead to new personal growth for the patient. Besides, (Ruesch 1961, citedin Arnold and Boggs 2007, p.200) mention the purpose of the therapeuticcommunication is to improve the patient’s ability to function. So in order toestablish a therapeutic nurse-patient interaction, a nurse must show up caring,sincerity, empathy and trustworthiness (Kathol, 2003, p.33). Those attitudescould be expressed by promoting the effective communication and relationshipsby the implementation of interpersonal skills. Johnson (2008) define theinterpersonal skills is the total ability to communicate effectively with other people. Chitty and Black (2007, p.218) mention that communication is theexchange of information, thought and ideas via verbal and non-verbal which bothpresent simultaneously. They explain that verbal communication is consists of allspeech whereas non-verbal communication consists of gestures, postures, facialexpressions, tone and level of volume. Thus, in my reflection in this assignmentwould be discussed on my development of therapeutic relationship in thecircumstance of the nurse-patient relationship using the interpersonal skills. Myreflection is about one patient whom I code her as Mrs. A, not a real name(Appendix I) to protect the confidentiality of patient’s information (NMC, 2004).In this paragraph I would describe on the event takes place and describethat event during my clinical placement. I was on the female psychiatric ward