Evaluating Historical Theories Of Counseling

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Evaluating Historical Theories
There are a number of historical theories in counseling which have been used to assist clients during the counseling process. This week’s readings provided quite a few concepts from counseling theories which were valuable and interesting to me. Many coincided with my views on the reasons for people’s behavior and human nature. These concepts are also meaningful to me for various reasons. Each of these psychological concepts might be useful when having a counseling relationship with a client in a variety of ways.
Transference
Transference is defined as the unconscious process where emotions that are associated with one person, such as a parent, unconsciously shift to another person, especially to the counselor (Transference, 2012). These feelings can be hostile, affectionate or ambivalent (Transference, 2012). This concept is interesting and meaningful to me because now that I think about it, many people take issues or things that occurred previously out on counselors or others who are presently trying to help them. According to the text the release of these feelings is therapeutic due to providing an emotional release, however the real benefit lies in client’s increased self-knowledge (Gladding, 2005). I think people develop problems regarding coping with life due to transference. For example, a client might take his abandonment issues with his mother out on the counselor, due to not yet receiving the proper help needed to get over the issue.…
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