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Maslow's Hierarchy Analysis

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Throughout the semester we have been climbing up the hierarchy. In a way you can say that it is like taking steps to climb up a ladder, we have learned and tried to master the first five stages of this hierarchy. The first five stages of the hierarchy are, attending behavior and empathy, client observation skills, open and closed questions, encouraging, paraphrasing, and summarizing, and reflection of feeling. Reading the skills in the book is easier said than done. I have to say that I struggled quite a bit when it came to open and closed questions. That would have had to have been one of the most difficult skills for me to show on tape. All of these skills have meanings and they all tie in to one another. Without one the whole process would be incomplete in my opinion. The first skills that we learned in class were attending behavior and empathy. In the book it states that, “attending and empathy are essential to establish a working relationship with your clients and a good understanding of their issues and concerns.” (Ivey, Ivey, & Zalaquett, 2010, p. 63) I agree with that text from the…show more content…
The book states that the mission of encouraging, paraphrasing, and summarizing is that, “clients need to know that the counselor or psychotherapist hears what they say, sees their point of view, and feels their world as they retell their experience.” (Ivey et al., 2010, p. 138) When we have to do our audio tapes I feel as if my greatest strength lies on encouraging, paraphrasing and summarizing. One of the concepts that I use with this particular skill is acceptance. Acceptance towards the client helps them feel comfort with the counselor knowing that they are able to be themselves and talk about their most horrific, or even best experiences without being judged. When a counselor encourages the client, the client is able to elaborate more on the topic he or she was speaking
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