I chose mental health counseling as a profession due to personal experiences in my life. Choosing to become a professional counselor is not only a personal commitment to me, but to others, and to society as a whole. As a survivor of domestic violence, I felt a strong desire and need to make a difference in lives of many suffering from: personal issues like anger management, depression, suicidal thoughts, aging, parenting, self-image, relational problems, stress, addiction, and women involved with domestic violence. My goal would be to provide the proper assessment and diagnosis to provide necessary treatment such as: psychotherapy, substance abuse treatment, and crisis management.
Husband has been concerned for wife’s safety and has brought her into therapy for assistance. Initial Introduction Each therapist develops their own personal style and how they gain rapport with their clients. There is a different level of urgency that arises in a therapist when a client comes in experiencing a crisis than those that are not experiencing a crisis. A client with a current crisis is looking for relief and validation without judgements.
“Crisis” refers to situations in which a client identifies a sudden loss of their ability to utilize with critical thinking and coping skills. Fatal situations can be identified with variable conditions, Such as natural disasters (Eg: Earthquake or tornado), the drastic changes in relationships to the loss of it (Eg: demise of a friend or family member or divorce). Crisis Intervention includes techniques that offers immediate and short-term assistance to clients who have encountered situations that produces emotional, mental, physical, and behavioural distress. It has several purposes, it aims to lessen the force of a client’s enthusiastic, mental, physical and behavioral reaction to a crisis. Another purpose is to help clients return to their level of functioning before the crisis.
This self-awareness should include continuously examining their own development and unexamined personal trauma, as well as, personal biases, ideas, values, and beliefs related to culture, crisis, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and suicide. Counselors should also practice self-awareness related to their own knowledge and level of competence in providing crisis services. Lastly, self-awareness should include monitoring their personal reactions to the trauma and crisis they are working with, changes to their own personal schema, and failures to address personal issues (Sartor, 2016). By engaging in self-awareness, the counselor can provide appropriate services to assist the client, rather than cause harm. Furthermore, practicing self-awareness and engaging in self-care activities can serve to protect crisis counselors from burnout, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, and compassion fatigue (Sartor, 2016; Jackson-Cherry & Erford,
A little over two years ago, I started working as a Community Support Individual for Pathways Transition Programs LLC. My primary responsibility is to teach children various coping skills to manage their behavior, I have determined that I want to be able to address the emotions behind the behaviors. My desire is to be able to help the children I work with come to terms with their past histories so they can move on in their lives towards adoption and other positive outcomes. Sometimes, the children are still going through issues such as, on-going traumas, the lost of a parent due to death or incarceration, etc and I would like to develop the skill set to be able to address these issues. I see pursuing my degree through Argosy University as being the next step to take in order to develop a competency in counseling.
Coaching is closely related to counseling and the Center for Credentialing ind Education (CCE), is an affiliate of National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), now offers a coaching certification for counselors, for the reason that coaching is a growing field that provides an avenue for using skills and knowledge obtained in an accredited clinical mental health counseling setting. Speaking about a counseling setting, a letter from the director at Temple University John DiMino influences their employee
Counselors must help clients understand the chaos in one 's career path by explaining to them to be prepared for possible setbacks. Clients must be prepared to face setbacks and have plans in place in order to counter these setbacks as well as having the perspective that unexpected events occur are normal. Building resiliency, counselors must have their clients prepared to cope with unexpected events that may delay or completely change their career development. Clients must be resilient and not get down or give up because the process is too difficult (Niles & Harris-Bowlsbey,
Counselling skills are initiated in order to help the person to talk, making sense of their situation, developing these ideas about what the counsellor can do, and out these ideas into action. Individuals think, feel and react in different ways. By integrating different ways of helping people bring change in their lives, a counsellor can work with each client to produce a unique therapy adapted to suit what that client wants, and
The counselor I plan to interview for my final project is Ms. T, a Mental health counselor in Virginia. Relevant Information Ms. T Is a Licensed Professional counselor, with a Master’s degree in Arts. Specialties in which Ms. T treats includes: Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety, Marital and Premarital issues. In addition to her specialties, she also treats addiction, Borderline personality, Codependency, Coping skills, depression, divorce, sexual abuse suicidal ideation and Women’s issues (smith,2015n.d.). Ms. T also counsels adolescents from ages 14 to 19 and adults.
I will need to learn how to deal with the fact that there will be clients that will remind me of people from my past or things from my past (Countertransference) and it may be hard for me to counsel them. I have been in abusive situations in the past and know that I will have clients who are doing drugs or drinking alcohol and their actions or words may “knock” me back to my past that could potentially make me feel that this is the wrong career for me. I am currently in counseling myself to battle the demons from my past and work toward bettering my life and I feel that continuing my own counseling along with attending meetings, getting together with my female friends and talking to God will help me to deal with my career choice as a counselor and not let Countertransference or Transference get in my way of helping to lead my clients in the direction of a healthy
Counseling is needed because you need to open up about your feelings and emotions. Expressing yourself can be hard but it is easier when you know the person is willing to listen to you and offer you the best advice possible to help you with your problems. Counseling can benefit you in so many ways. It can help you to relieve some of the stress you have been dealing with and it can also help you to learn how to become a happier person just by expressing your thoughts and feelings to someone who actually cares and has your best interest at heart. Aside from counseling, treatment centers have so much more to offer.
Firstly, I need to identify the causes and formation of the difficulty situation of my client. I should not involve my own personal emotions when analysing the situation. Next, clarification of the situation is essential. The clients should figure out themselves on how to face the situation. An effective counsellor listen more than talks, and what they do say gives the client a sense of being heard and understood.
Over the past one and half month, the class of PDE 502 (Counselling and Career Education) has taught me some major lessons for life in dealing with the clients in response to their emotional needs. The role of a counsellor is not unlike that of a friend where by it is nurtured by being in each other’s company, talking over everyday issues and sharing feelings. However, what sets a counsellor apart is their experience and the ability to apply counselling theories and techniques to assist people in gaining awareness, insight and explore ways of solving their own issues.
The counsellor creates a therapeutic environment with the client whereby the client will feel that they are able to trust the counsellor. The counsellor achieves this by being congruent, empathetic and providing positive regard to the client. The skills required in this stage includes the attending which is being attentive to the client to show that the counsellor is genuinely interested in the client. The counsellor must also be varied of non-verbal messages that