Reflective Report on Role Play

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This assessment requires me to conduct a practice counselling session to demonstrate the application of counselling skills, and review and evaluate the session by writing a reflective essay. I demonstrate counselling micro skills in the session and also apply knowledge I have learnt in this unit, namely relaxation and breathing techniques to combat anxiety. I chose anxiety as the presenting issue due to its prevalence in Australian society. Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) (2007) reveal that out of 3.2 million people experiencing a mental disorder in Australia in the 12 months prior to the survey, a staggering 14.4% (or 2.3 million) had an anxiety disorder. My client in this session, Sarah, is an anxiety sufferer and has sought treatment for it in the past. At present however, she in asymptomatic, and has been for over 12 months. Sarah is a nurse and has had experience with role-plays in an academic environment. We conducted a 20-minute follow up session, to enable me to implement relaxation techniques, rather than use up my time carrying out an initial assessment. The session was a great success, however, unfortunately when I uploaded the video, I found it had cut out at 10 minutes. Luckily, my educator advised the content in the 10 minute video was adequate to assess. When the session starts, I shake Sarah’s hand and smile warmly. We have already had one session and rapport has been established. She talks about the difficulties she is experiencing with her father, which gave rise to a bout of anxiety. In the previous session we agreed to try some relaxation techniques. As Geldard & Geldard, (2012) suggest, I match Sarah’s non-verbal behavior to relax her, and sit in the same position. I then use SOLER (Egan, 2007) to maintain rapport with Sarah. This entails facing her and leaning slightly forward to show

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