Counselling Skills

977 Words Apr 4th, 2011 4 Pages
Evaluate and monitor self in using a counselling approach.

People who experience troubles can receive help for their problems in both formal and informal ways. An informal helping relationship can be as simple as a chat with a friend while offering advice and support. The counselling approach differs considerably form formal counselling which this essay will discuss.
An informal helping relationship may involve counselling skills such as displaying good eye contact and body language, listening, summarising and paraphrasing but this does not in any way mean they are a trained counsellor. Formal counselling will involve the counsellor, who is formally trained, and the client where the sole purpose of the meeting is counselling. The
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This is in keeping with the codes of practice which are in place to ensure the safety of the client and counsellor. My workplace follows the health and social care code of practice therefore I am aware of the importance in having these guidelines in place. A client is more inclined to feel free to talk when they know that what they say will not be disclosed and this should encourage a safe feeling for them. At the start of the course a working agreement was decided and agreed by the class. This agreement stated that we should respect and be respected, have the right to be supported, the right to have fun and most importantly confidentiality. This allowed the class to feel safe to disclose information that may be of a personal nature. I think that this agreement has been followed and I do feel safer knowing it is in place especially during the triad exercises.
Many helping relationships occur in everyday life and this course has allowed me to understand the difference between formal counselling and a counselling approach. I think I have become more self aware and realise that I am slightly guarded, especially with certain people in my life. The triad exercises made me quite anxious initially but feel as I gain more experience I am becoming more comfortable during the sessions. The feedback I have received has been helpful and I do try to improve on weak areas and I hope that I
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