Professional Counseling Relationships Essay

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Professional counseling relationships between the counselor and client starts with an intake interview. The intake process can occur in a variety of settings such as a hospital, private practice, or mental health facility. Clients that seek our help have come from various backgrounds and cultures. They have taken a pivotal step and should be treated accordingly. Creating a cultured centering environment helps break down stereotypical behaviors, reduce drop out rates, and provide a client-counselor learning opportunity. This paper demonstrates the need to input a culture centered counseling techniques, modification of micro counseling skills, applying therapeutic techniques and treatment outcomes as it relates to the Asian and Latin …show more content…
In establishing a relationship with someone from another culture eye contact and posture is viewed as offensive.
The Case of Aadideva Chin:
Aadideva is a seventeen year- old girl attending San Jose High School. The Chin family moved to the United States in September 2011. Aadidva is being sent to the guidance counselor’s office after repeating told by teachers to stop smoking in the bathroom.

George is a seasoned guidance counselor at the school. Many of his peers look up to him for advice. As George begins to reprimand Aadideva, he notices that her head is down.

Do you think George was correct in his approach? In Asian culture, looking someone in the eye is considered rude. A lowered head is a sign of respect. To have a high success rate and break down cultural barriers, counselors must do their part to learn about the client’s background. Clarification is another tool used by a counselor. It’s the second micro counseling skill used in a therapeutic setting. A counselor that uses clarity in their therapeutic approach, allows the clients to highlight their uniqueness, tell their story, and purge their emotions (Day, page 1).
In addition, clarity applied to a multicultural setting, allows a counselor to understand the client’s background.
The Case of Cordero Cruz:
Cordero is 35 year- old male from Puerto Rican decent. He is entering counseling to deal with the loss of his mother
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