The student demonstrated their understanding of this in the psychoeducational and life-skills groups project, through integrating worksheets into sessions such as the artifact that examines the patients’ relationships to determine those that are problematic and unhealthy. This project contributed to the student’s learning experience because the student was challenged with overcoming their social anxiety. The student worked through the physical and mental challenges that arose from facilitating sessions, by adopting the skills they taught patients, which included techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy. The student also processed their experience with the clinical staff. The primary sessions, individual therapy, and trauma group project contributed to the student’s learning experience because the student was challenged with familiarizing themself with the patients’ dual diagnosis and their medications, because it was important to be familiar with that information when selecting the most effective interventions.
Through a pastoral assistant position, I discovered a passion for counseling, even though I had no formal training I enjoyed listening to others and trying to help them find a path to wholeness. Even though other factors contributed to my pursuit of a counseling degree, ultimately, this experience was beginning of my journey. Another factor in my decision was my family’s history of mental illness. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I observed various family members struggling with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Watching them suffer in silence gave me a desire to help people who view mental illness as a stigma.
“Have you seen a therapist yourself (Reidbord, 2011)? This was the question raised by a patient to his psychotherapist as reported in the The New York Times (Pope, 2011). Reidbord highlighted some patients may prefer a psychotherapist who has been in therapy, for these therapists would have a greater sense of empathy for their patients. However, others may see it as a personal fault. Those against this practice may find it ironic that a professional therapist, who is supposed to help those vulnerable to emotional distress are unable to manage their own impairment condition.
The majority of adolescents perceived equally psychological wellbeing from parents and peers. The development was based on the theoretical focused and feel greater satisfaction with themselves but they need seeking social support and less symptomatic response to stressful life events(Gay C al, 1987). Gay C, Arms den , Mark T , Greenberg, (1987), The inventory of parent and peer attachment, Individual difference and their relationship to psychological wellbeing in the adolescent. Journal of Youth and adolescent. (16) 427-454 The study revealed that contemplative practice in children and youth to prevent health promotion contexts, including school – based program.
First and foremost the trainee created a good rapport with the care takers and slowly started interacting with the care takers to find out the problems faced by them, after some sessions conducted by the student to know about the family history of a particular client, they felt free to share their problems in bring the child to school, problems in joint family and society. So according to the clients problem the student used direct intervention techniques such as motivation, counseling and
Counseling is a process of empowering persons so that they can find the strength to deal with conflicting issue(s). It is the process of helping them understand how their current thoughts or behaviors are interfering with their present and future goals. Finally, it is about helping them create strategies to regain a path to the desired goal, and how they can maintain that pathway. Before a treatment plan can be developed, counselor’s need to conduct an initial interview of the clients’ social, physical and psychological world. Clients come seeking counseling from all spheres of live and from different purposes (court ordered, to please relatives, or seeking self-help).
From the ideas and techniques that Mrs. Perez used, I realized how these interviews could be helpful if utilized and applied in the proper way. To me, this assignment was the best and it helped me further my development and growth as a future mental health counselor. The most interesting and educative aspect of this interview was how Mrs. Perez applied most of the counseling techniques, such motivational stage that we have been taught in class. Aspects such as paraphrasing the words of your clients, tone, and facial expressions are critical in a counseling session and students always overlook these techniques. The way Mrs. Perez employed according to her explanation was excellent and her ideas justified the importance of such points in any counseling session.
In mindfulness therapy the therapist is a guide, the therapist’s aim is to improve the strategy to help sufferers to deal with all sorts of conditions and to learn and to live with, and accept their psychological and physical limitations. Mindfulness is also useful for therapists themselves to practice, also before session (Barker, 2010,
CBT is considered to be a highly effective treatment for anxiety in children (Butler, Chapman, Foreman, Beck, 2006). The concept behind CBT is that thoughts, emotions and behaviors are all related to each other. Specifically, cognitions influence emotions and behaviors. CBT is an active therapy with interventions and specific goals where children and their parents learn active coping tools to manage symptoms. John and his parents made an appointment with a psychologist who specialized in CBT.
I personally feel that this model is very suitable for a beginner counsellor as it provides a sense of direction and momentum to counselling. For instance, many new counsellors are worried about how to start the counselling session but the Egan's model provide a basic idea to counsellors how they can conduct their session in the first stage. In my example, I helped my client to tell their story and choose the right problems in the first stage. This model also helps to practice independence and empowerment on the client. The client is central of the counselling process in the model.