Developing Style of Counselling

2480 WordsMar 17, 201210 Pages
Essay – My Developing Style of Counselling Foreword. In this, I shall endeavour to detail my development in terms of counselling student. I intend to describe where I was, where I am now and where I aspire to be. Perhaps I should start with three questions: ‘Counselling’- why am I doing this? For whom am I doing this? How will I do this? Why: For the bulk of my 37-year career, my role has been involved with getting information, analysing and delivering the results. Teamwork, management of resources technological, logistical and personnel have been key elements, but the goal was always results-focussed. Only the latter period of my work has been directly involved with people and their personal issues, previously ‘people’…show more content…
The emphasis is on what is being done, thought and felt at the moment rather than on what was, might be, could be, or should be. ’ I could not have put it better myself. This was so alien to watch, yet oddly compelling in the way the interaction developed with a very passive/aggressive relationship. This was followed by Ellis’ Rational Emotional Behaviour Therapy, which ended up being Gloria’s approach of choice. I later read that Gloria had been receiving REB Therapy for some years, which for me did affect the credibility of the series of films. That Gloria felt empowered to proposition her own doctor that she fancied struck me as being ethically unsound. Especially in terms of the client’s expectations: ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ Well, what about rejection, humiliation, embarrassment, being shown the door, referral for psychiatric help, needing to find a new doctor. Moreover, if her doctor had accepted the proposition, then what? A fling, breach of his code of ethics, being struck off, family break-up and where would Gloria’s self esteem be? In addition, what of her future? Another in a string of casual affairs – of higher social status, granted, but little else of value or progress or self-improvement. This did not ring true as being beneficial to the client in the long run. Taking it further, imagine Gloria telling the doctor that her therapist had told her to do this! This whole over-the-top methodology did
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