Psychology Theories And Techniques Of Counseling

1262 WordsMay 10, 20166 Pages
“Oh, so you’re gonna be a counselor then,” is often the question I hear after telling people I am majoring in psychology. This used to bother me. It bothered me because it comes off as people not being aware of all the other career paths a person can pursue with a psychology major. That is, until Theories and Techniques of Counseling… Before I became a psychology major, I was studying social work. Even though I couldn’t seem to find my niche within the major, I was grateful for the introduction to empathy and aspects of counseling. It was like a candle began to catch fire and after reading Martin and Yalom, studying about different therapeutic approaches, listening to guest speakers, and practicing counseling techniques in class, the illumination of therapy began to warm my entire being. Regarding the aspects of the course, there is not one aspect that I did not find meaningful or educational. The texts chosen, “Love’s Executioner” and “Counseling and Therapy Skills”, showed a spectrum of therapy experience, wide range of methods and theories, and in their own ways, remarkable honesty. Having to write reaction papers for every other chapter was an excellent way to 1) make sure students are keeping up with reading, and 2) delve deeper into the assigned chapters by forcing us to write about similarities or differences between texts, as well as connections to reality. The requirements for the reaction papers, like the length, subject, and questions, were very practical
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