Essay Professiona and Organisational Issues in Counselling

6158 Words May 16th, 2012 25 Pages
Learning Outcome 1- Understand what is meant by Counselling


The term counselling facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the lifespan with the main focus on emotional, vocational, social, educational, health related and developmental concerns this encompasses a broad range of practices that help people to improve their well being, alleviate stress and maladjustment, reslove crisis and increases their ability to live more fully functioning lives. Counselling is unique in its attention to both normal developmental issues as well as the problems associated with physical, emotional and mental disorders. The BACP states that “counselling takes place when a counsellor see a client in a private and confidential
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I beleive that if I cannot be open and honest with myself then how can I expect the client to be open and honest with me. Through experience I Understand how daunting it is to express your thoughts and feelings, not knowing how you will be judged or how others may react towards you. Personally by offering my clients a safe place to be listened to, showing them unconditional positive regard by showing them understanding and respect and helping them to gain back their locus of evaluation has had a positive effect on me also. I feel reassured that I am a good person that i am useful and happy in the knowledge that i have given my clients a positive experience that I have helped them through a difficult and sometimes dark confusing time I am being who I truely am as this is what I have wanted to do for some time now.

PCT can be helpful for a wide range of issues i.e. depression, eating disorders, bereavement and abuse to name but a few. It helps the client not only look at the problems they are experiencing but perhaps more importantly what has led them to the point they are at now. For example a client whose presenting issue is drug abuse may have turned to drugs in a desperate attempt to block out issues from their past which they struggle to cope with, perhaps child abuse.
As a person centred counsellor my aims are to respect my client's human rights and dignity, alleviate their personal distress and suffering and help them foster a
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