Therapists can help clients feel their feelings more fully by creating an environment where the client feels safe. Helping client’s feel their feelings rather than talk about them intellectually opens an opportunity for the client to enter their own experience more fully. Using open-ended questions to explore the client’s feelings can be effective. Therapists should clarify what the affective word the client uses means; not just assume they understand. Angry can mean many different things to many different people. Getting clarification not only helps the therapist understand more but protects them from overidentifying or misperceiving the client’s experience as being the same as they have experienced. It allows the therapist to enter the client’s subjective world. Entering the client’s subjective world, having the client feel respected and understood, increases the trust in the relationship. It gives the client the opportunity to learn more about themselves and possibly have a corrective emotional experience because they are met with empathy and validation from the therapist rather than the judgement, disdain, and invalidation they may have experienced with others in their lives. Another way a therapist can help a client experience their feelings is by speaking to the incongruence they perceive between what the client is sharing and the accompanying affect. This intervention starts
The client stated he came to counseling because he wanted to work on relieving some of his stress. Throughout the sessions, the source of his stress changed. During the first session, he was having a conflict within his friend group. In the first and second session, the client mentioned feeling responsible for his friends and family. In the second session, he was feeling stressed because of his amount of school work, particularly midterm exams. Although he stated he was doing well, he was not meeting his expectations. To meet his expectations, the client mentioned not practicing proper self-care. In the third session, the client’s stress was a result of his relationship with his girlfriend. He expressed not being satisfied with the quantity and quality of the time they were spending
Due to Marks very depressed state, the initial interaction required a great deal of empathy and high degrees of compassion. When first engaging a client, it is important to be compassionate and empathetic and listen without interrupting, prompting or advising (Berg-Weger, 2013). Reflecting and summarizing content delivered in the session is a valuable way to let the client know that you are actively listening to what they are saying
During this initial session, the client stated she is seeking counseling to "help find herself" due to some concerns she is dealing with in her personal life. When asked "to describe what does finding herself mean" the client was unable to answer. The client struggled to provide her view or a meaning to certain issues she identified as concerns. The counselor then assesses the client's family and her interactions with her family to find a correlation in her family interaction and what changes she wants to make in her personal life. Initial impression from the counselor is the client is aware of herself and her family and what she views as a positive and negative interaction which has or could impact the way she views things now. The client
The counselling process is based on the exchange of emotions between the client and the counsellor which aims to form an alliance (Hough, 1998). It involves the counsellor using skills in which they possess in order to communicate effectively with clients (Hough, 1998). This reflective essay clearly articulates my application of counselling skills used in this practice session and suggestions for improvement. It will provide a summary of the session, identification of a range of skills used and a brief explanation of the reasons for using the skill. It will also provide an evaluation of my application of the skills chosen, including verbatim examples, suggestions for improvement, also including verbatim examples to demonstrate what could
In this essay I will be looking at the purpose of the initial consultation, what happens during this meeting and why it is such an important time in the client/therapist relationship. I will endeavour to cover as many of these issues as possible in order to illustrate the importance of this initial consultation and the factors that an ethically minded therapist should cover.
In this essay I will be exploring the various issues raised when a therapist initially meets a new client, including ascertaining personal circumstances and applying ethical and safe practise. I will also be looking at the importance of communication and understanding between client and practitioner.
As a white male you were seen as one who would succeed but as a coloured individual, you were weak, emotional and not civilized. She talks about the notion that teens are always on edge. What we seem to forget is that teens are going through puberty. It's a biological change that we cannot deny. However, there are other factors that decide how one individual shapes his/her life and makes life decisions. The society around us also plays a very important role; our life experiences make us who we are today. One of the greatest challenges for kids in a school environment is the need for children to connect with each other for the purpose of meeting their attachment needs. A Teen spends a minimum of 8 hours in school, during this time they are surrounded by people of their
This essay aims to address a number of aspects of counselling that I have found particularly interesting since starting the introductory course in Counselling in October 2012. This will include a brief history of counselling; what it means to help in a “counselling way” from both a client and counsellor’s perspective and what the course has taught me as an individual.
This film is filled with open discussions on issues commonly tucked under the rug: depression, stress, trauma, etc. Because of the “tough”, “strong” image many African Americans try to uphold, it is not often that a black individual comes forth to tell their story about their struggles.
Darryl was able to experience some empathy and self-awareness. Susan and Dolly’s non-verbal communication of indicating for the therapist to help the group was brought to the here and now. The dialogue between Susan and therapist would continue until Susan identifies her dismissive behavior towards Ali, Does Ali feel unheard when she continues to suggest medication? Does Ali feel like Susan is trying to fix him? The therapist would continue to use contract statements, such as “I wonder”, to help members come to their own conclusions; since they exhibit lack of personal insight and to illuminate how they make other members feel. As a facilitator during this session, I was aware of some counter transference of wanting to rescue Ali since he reminded me of my younger
For young males, “suicide is the third largest cause of death.” Also, at 15 “boys begin to have five times the rate of suicide as girls. Everyday 3 or more boys commit suicide” (Dr. Way, The mask You Live In). One example was the story of Luis and his mother. His dealing with depression and how he turned to drugs because of the loneliness he felt spoke loudly to not only white masculinity but minority masculinity. As a minority, he faced the pressures of being a man and being a first-generation American; having to make his mother proud of him. Another heartbreaking moment was during the mask exercise Ashanti Branch had his students perform. Hearing the things some of them were going through and the clip of the boy crying in his lap because of the burden he carries every day, speaks to the need to allow young males to express their emotions in a judgment-free environment. Through this, as shown in the San Quentin program, men are able to not only understand where their anger and depression stems from, but also how to deal with their issues and become better
I plan to implement the Talker-Listener Card in the listening process with my future husband to help us both learn to develop safe environments for both of us to learn when the moment is appropriate for speaking and listening. Finally, since we both are guilty owning problems we intend to spend a lot of time reviewing chapter ten. In regards to counseling, others the TLC tool will be effective in helping me remember to elicit questions that will help the client share their concerns by providing a safe non-threatening atmosphere for them to share. This text help me recognize that when counseling I have not pay too much attention to the environment as we have limited space in which to counsel others. In recognition that this can contribute to a client’s ability to speak openly I plan to make it a priority to identify more appropriate settings when counseling to decrease distractions for me to listen more effectively and for the client to discuss any issue they chose openly without
They were stories of broken and dysfunctional homes, being kicked out of the house for being part of a gang, to being beaten up just because they were different. Reading these journals Mrs. “G” realized how similar each student’s stories were no matter the race, ethnicity or gender. Even though the students did not see eye to eye, they all had many things in common: they were all in gangs; they each had their own stories to tell; each student has dealt with the shooting of a friend, each student want to communicate to others, and each student wanted to be respected.
Understanding the counseling session from the client’s perspective is a very important aspect in the development of a therapeutic relationship. A clinician must be an excellent listener, while being to pay attention to the client’s body language, affect and tone. The dynamics in the counseling session that is beneficial to the client include the recognition of the pain that the client is feeling. The detrimental part of this includes a misunderstanding of the real issues, a lack of consideration of the cultural aspects of the client, and a lack of clinical experience or listening skills. In this presentation, we will discuss the positive and negative aspects of the counseling session from the client’s perspective which