As a successful professional counselling relationship develops and progresses, according to Pete Sanders the client and counsellor work through “three different stages”. This could be described as beginnings, middles and endings. In the beginning the counsellor shows acceptance, genuineness and empathy when exploring the issues while also building trust and establishing the relationship. In order to do this the counsellor must respond accurately. Observing and sensing what the speaker is feeling then reflecting and summarising back; in order to clarify understanding; but to also reassure the speaker they have the counsellor’s full attention.
However, he does feel uncomfortable and in her role as Counselor to Michael, she can pursue why he has these feelings. As his supervisor, it would also be prudent for her to teach him how to keep his daily journal so that he can track his own progress. By encouraging Michael by identifying those areas he is performing well, Janet should be able to constructively build his self-efficacy. Supervisory Role as Counselor Janet will need to be offering Michael assistance with personal adjustment or problems he encounters. For example, as stated in the Introduction, Michael has apparent insecurities about his own abilities, expresses uncertainty over diagnosis and treatment, and admits being uncomfortable while in session with his new client.
Philosophy of Counseling Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. (ACA, 2010) Professional counseling is the application of mental health, psychological, or human development principles through cognitive, affective, behavioral, or systemic intervention strategies that address wellness, personal growth, or career development, as well as pathology and the primary purpose of counseling is to empower the client to deal adequately with life situations, reduce stress, experience personal growth, and make well-informed, rational decisions. (U.S. Dept. of Human Services, Mental Health, United States, 2002) As a counselor, I want to assist my clients in overcoming their problem(s) and provide them with the problem solving tools to conquer any future problems they may encounter. During this time, we will set short-term, long-term goals, and process goal to give us the direction of counseling and the purpose.
Core Conditions & Core Skills According to Clinton, Ohlschlager, & Centore, building an effective caring and counseling ministry starts with the counselor. As well, a Christian counselor that demonstrates spiritual maturity, and emotional health possess certain characteristics that reflect “core conditions” and “core skills” such as: * Genuineness. The Christian counselor must live out the change he/she desires to see in a client. We must practice what we preach, so to speak. * Warmth.
I would also establish a system whereby my students complete a record card or form detailing name, contact information and any other relevant information such as medical needs. Regulations out of the way, personalities are important. I believe that if I am friendly, my learners will relax and know they can feel secure in my class when it starts. Nobody likes to learn with a grumpy teacher. I will always do a fun warm up which helps break the ice.
It can help determine whether the client feels comfortable discussing and disclosing information with the therapist. You can also assess whether or not you can work with the client and especially if they feel they can work with the therapist and also whether hypnotherapy is suitable for the client. An ethical therapist needs to take make sure there is no sexual attraction, if this is the case the therapy should not continue. Obviously in the initial consultation you can determine the nature of the clients problem, this then depends on how many sessions the client will need, for example a one off quit smoking session may differ to another problem which may need 3-6 sessions or more. Therapists ‘work solely with neuroses and not psychoses’ (chrysalis mod2 p22) ethical therapists should cover this when assessing a client in an initial consultation and will discuss with the client what medical and mental health issues
Module Three, 2,167 words “Why is the initial consultation so important? What factors will an ethical therapist cover at this time? In our everyday life, communication is very important either verbally or non-verbally. We build trust and rapport when we communicate in any form of relationship either casual or meaningful we can learn a lot about each other just by talking and listening. We are then very used to communicating with gestures as well as words and in the case of hypnosis, we are in a position that words will have to suffice.
In the book McMinn focused on how counselors avoid using any type of religion with their client such as prayer or scripture usage. This can be looked as a negative action by using prayer as a part of the healing process and the confession of sin can help one to grow emotionally and spiritually. Many people have issues with confessing sin to their psychologist however it really helps with their healing process. McMinn also talked about confronting sin in counseling with their clients. He discussed four appropriate ways to approach confronting sin in counseling is silence, pondering, questioning, and direct censure.
Understandably a counsellor may also experience a sense of personal familiarity, whilst counselling clients, but must remain emotionally detached at all times. Relating to clients, in a positive, open manner, encourages the client to disclose in a comfortable, confidential environment and provides the counsellor with the ideal setting in which to communicate in a supportive way. Using their own life experiences, a counsellor can demonstrate empathy, compassion and understanding without becoming personally involved in the counselling process. Becoming More Self-Aware Self-awareness is something that grows over a period of time and with exploration. Techniques, to access information about oneself, can be learned, and personal experiences can affect personal thoughts and feelings.
Characteristics of an Effective Counselor Abstract An effective counselor is likely to possess specific characteristics that would enable their ability to facilitate a strong, firm, solid relationship with their clients. The attitude of a counselor is one of the most vital characteristics. The counselor should maintain a positive attitude both in clinic as well as outside of clinic. Refraining from having a bias attitude on issues that a client may be enduring will allow the counselor to be effective. Communication lines should remain open and reliable to the client at all times in order for the counselor to be effective this can be achieved by being mindful of the client’s emotions.