An Affective Approach to Therapy

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1. Dr. Howard utilizes an awesome approach with clients when assisting them to connect with a lost one. The author conducts several counseling sessions with the client(s). The therapist sets up a scenario that the decease person is brought back to spend only five minutes and what would you say and how are you feeling. The deceased is leaving now. Is there anything else you would like to share or do? Perhaps hugs, kiss, and as a therapist one waits on a response from the client. How do you feel and what part of the magic would you want changed? Often times people walk around in denial, anger, blaming oneself, and depression sets in. It is true that many people experience the feelings of denial. Our brains are powerful and rely…show more content…
This form of communication takes the form of an intense collaborative relationship in which the counselor demonstrates complete acceptance of the client and enters the client’s world, regardless of the extent of his or her pathology or abnormal behavior. An effective therapist must be prepared for every counseling session. Even as a counselor we experience our own set of problems and issues. We must maintain our own emotional state. Another was to be transference or counter-transference to develop listening skills. These skills may seem relatively easy to learn, but are far more difficult to work in the real world. During transference, people turn into a "biological time machine". A nerve is struck when someone says or does something that reminds you of your past. This creates an "emotional time warp" that transfers your emotional past and your psychological needs into the present. In less poetic terms, a transference reaction means that you are reacting to someone in terms of what you need to see, you are afraid of or what you see when you know very little about the person. This all happens without you knowing why you feel and react the way you do. During counter-transference, the therapist feels the clients’ pain and emotions. A therapist pas experiences can be mirrored to the clients. A therapist must possess attending skills. Attending skills refers to listening skills and nonverbal behaviors such as body
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