First Counselling Session

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To complete this assignment I made an appointment to participate in a first counselling session to enhance my understanding of a client’s perspective when seeking counselling. I recorded the session on my phone and once home I transcribed the session which can be found in the appendix. I talked about issues that I am currently experiencing with work but left with a greater insight into what was also troubling me. The counsellor was very respectful and professional towards me and my situation. She was also respectful of the fact I am a lesbian and did not treat me differently due to that fact. The first session was very effective and I felt I left with some options to successfully deal with my current situation. To briefly summarise, the session began with me talking a little bit about myself and what I do for work and study. I discussed problems that I am experiencing at work and how they are affecting me. I discussed how I am not feeling understood or supported at home and also mentioned issues that arise for me from my childhood that I have been working on. The counsellor identified my lack of self-esteem and communication issues I am having with my partner. Asking if I wanted a drink before the session really helped to break the ice and start a conversation which I believe was a good technique. Counselling can be seen as a way of helping people through specific times in their lives related to past, present or future. Geldard and Geldard (2012) suggest that counselling is a special way of helping people that ‘involves the use of particular verbal, non-verbal and relationship skills in order to facilitate change so that the person being helped can feel better and discover new ways of thinking and behaving’ (Geldard & Geldard, 2012, p. 3). The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) defines counselling as “professional activities
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