Critically Evaluate Three Counselling Intervention / Techniques and Use This Evaluation to Reflect on the Application of the Humanistic Theory in Counselling Practice and How They Contribute to the Effectiveness of the Process.

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By definition; counselling interventions and techniques can be described as a unique interrelationship between a client and a counsellor, with the sole aim to promote a change and growth and encourage a shift in behaviour towards fulfilling his or her human potential. (Feltham & Horton, 2006) It is the responsibility of the counsellor to contribute to the process of change during the counselling process, to enhance his or her client's personal development. The current essay will critically evaluate three counselling intervention / techniques and use this evaluation to reflect on the application of the humanistic theory in counselling practice and how they contribute to the effectiveness of the process.
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However it is important not to lose sight of however similar a situation, each individual will experience it differently and may not want to be classified as similar to the counsellor. (Inskipp, 2006).
The counsellor may believe they are increasing their attractiveness or genuineness to the client by disclosing similarities. However, by doing this they may reduce the client's perception of their competence and expertise. The client may even feel unsafe to see the therapist as less well adjusted (Feltham & Horton, 2006). Equally, they may be perceived by giving reassurance, that the client's problems are not as serious as they had thought. In this incident, the worst-case scenario is that the client will have reduced motivation to therapy or less desire to change.
Feltham and Horton 2006 recognise that many self-help groups work on the principle of group self-disclosure to encourage and challenge clients. They state that these self-help groups may work as it is a peer experience. In one-to-one counselling, it is important to acknowledge that the counsellor is not a peer. And self-disclosure must be used skilfully.
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