In my opinion the beginning of the counselling session is one of the most important stage of the process, the client will be very nervous and will not fully trust the process they are about to embark on, their unknown journey they will be nervous. The Client may hold back what they are feeling until they have gained the trust of the counsellor, and know they are safe and in a confidential environment.
It also enables therapists to experience therapy from the clients’ perspective and “ has a wide range of beneficial outcomes, the most important of which is the increased empathy for the client”.
Allowing for our ethical codes of conduct, if the client is someone we feel we can proceed with, then as always, the first stage would be to develop a good rapport and gain the clients trust to develop an honest and open relationship with them. The client centred approach as always is the best method for this – to put the client at ease in a non-judgemental space where they can express their emotions and explore what it is they want to achieve with therapy. In giving the therapist an
This is why it is important for both the client and the therapist to be open and honest with each other from the very start when discussing the initial problems/issues.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) refers to a client centred counselling approach, which is directed to enhance motivation in an individual for behaviour change Miller & Rollnick (as cited in Christopher & Dougher, 2009). MI as a method understands and accepts that the clients are at different levels of readiness to change their behavior. It consistently focuses on goals to prepare the client for transformation by providing motivation for commitment to change (Bricker & Tollison, 2011) in the domains of substance abuse, addiction and risky health problems. It proceeds to make the client aware of the causes, consequences and risks that could be a result of the behavior. Through this, the client foresees the possibilities of enhancement and becomes motivated to achieve it (Jenson, Cushing, Aylward, Craig, Sorell & Steel, 2011). MI is coherent with the
The counselor will ask questions to clarify and summarize the family’s concerns. I will answer any questions and address any concerns raised by the family about the therapy process. I will also assist in laying down parental authority and a sense of impartiality among the children. This will reinstate equilibrium in the family and motivate all members to participate in the therapy.
Therapy focuses on issues and problems that are troubling the client at the present moment and try to help them using brief therapy. Therapists typically ask questions about family role patterns, rules, goals, and stages of development.
The nature of therapist-client relationship and understanding the therapist’s role is vital in making sure that the client’s rights are not jeopardized. The client must be willing to trust the therapist. The therapist can earn the trust of the client will confidentiality guidelines that are established by requiring informed consent. The therapist-client relationship is based on counseling approach as well as relationship with the client. The therapist’s role is to understand the client’s needs, help them get their needs met mentally, and to develop the proper plan that fits the client’s needs. The therapist must fully
When a therapist first meets with a new client it’s necessary to establish several things in order to know whether they can work together. These include background and personal circumstances of the client, previous experiences (if any) of therapy, medical and psychiatric history and very importantly, why they are seeking therapy.
In therapy or counselling the client has the opportunity to experience a relationship in which her or his emotional state can be understood, tolerated, recognized and felt in a way which they have not been before.
Constant assessment of the clients’ problems and cognitions is very important in evaluating if techniques are being effective. Often in the beginning there is an extensive interview process that can last several hours. This interview gives the therapist insight into the client’s past, what the current problems are, and client goals. The interview will allow the therapist to set up a structured plan for how the therapy will proceed.
Whereas a structured interview follows a standardised format, in an unstructured interview the interviewer has complete freedom to vary the interview. Supporters argue that this brings a number of important advantages. Such as, rapport and sensitivity, the interviewee's views are clearer, the ability to check understanding, flexibility and the ability for the interviewer to explore unfamiliar topics. However, there are multiple disadvantages to using unstructured interviews in sociological research. Such as, practical problems, which include, time and sample size, training, and interpersonal skills, there are also issues with representativeness, reliability, quantification and validity.
This therapy works only if I allow the client to become a fully functioning person. According to Rogers (1959), a fully functioning person is one who gives and receives positive regard. Once again this a non-directive therapy of which the clients chooses the goals, and the therapist has to be tolerant of that goal. This therapy allows the client to work through solutions that are within themselves to resolve issues. Which is why I like it, the client has to make an effort, and think through what behavior needs to be changed, and the needed steps to get there are agreed upon by the therapist. There is a need for the therapist not to just agree with whatever the client says. It is highly likely, the client will be able to see right through the therapist and let the therapist know that he/she are not being genuine. I would use this therapy in the school system to change a population whether it be test scores, undisciplined behavior, or community involvement with the school. I would also use this therapy with a client who has an issue he or she would like to solve for instance not being able to tell people no in her family, personal life, and at work when asked to do personal
Also with regards to therapy for the counselor, it might be beneficial for a colleague to sit in on some sessions with the therapist to make sure their issues aren’t affecting their counseling. It can never hurt to get feedback and other perspectives, especially if the therapist is struggling with personal or professional issues.