Even though I struggle with mental illness myself, I also get angry at others that struggle with it. Look, I get it! I know we tend to be very difficult to deal with. In an instant we can turn any moment into a stressful situation. We can be hard to deal with and there are going to be, probably a lot, of times where we let you down.
Observation of an event, the surrounding circumstances and outcome: I was in the gero unit at Millwood. I got to see an older people suffering from different types of psych disorder. It was around breakfast time, I saw an old lady crying and laughing at the same time. She was yelling to the nurse saying she need her medication and she is in pain. She seems disoriented.
The way it is presented to people and the thought of being in a mental ward makes people feel more fear within themselves. A patient's first thought when they enter a mental ward is, this could not have been as bad as someone thought it would be. Only once they meet certain people in it is
When the therapist psychoeducated the client about the fears and how the client can rationalize the negative fears to stop it to reduce his anxiety, client reported that he still needs some exercises to continue practice how to stop the fears thoughts. When the therapist suggested that the client can write all illogical thoughts related to the fears or anxiety and he can bring it to discuss it and practice how to stop it, the client reported that he will write all of them by next week to discuss it. When the therapist encouraged the client to practice some of the coping skills that he may do it to avoid the consequences, the client chose breathing and counting, then think about choices, and finally act out the best choice. When the therapist role model the concept with the client about managing anger, client reported that he would remember to use it and think about it and use the coping skills when he gets angry because of his
I chose to take the person-centered approach in my counseling session. I wanted to let my client take the lead in the discussion, so she would be capable of finding her own solutions. My two primary goals were to increase her self-esteem and openness to the experience. I wanted to convey the three core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. Before my session began, I wanted to make sure I stayed engaged in listening to my client and trying to feel what she was thinking.
When I first read this 4 years ago, I worked at a hospital where I was surrounded by homelessness, depression, illness, death, and poverty. I felt right in the thick of this world. It was mentally and at times physically taxing, but I loved it. When a patient or friend had no one else to be with them during these times, I was there. It may have been in a professional role or as a friend, but I liked being there with them, in the
Counselors can talk about counseling as change or growth. Or they can talk about counseling as a process or product. If counselors go very deeply into an examination of these alternatives, it also becomes apparent that they are beginning to talk about philosophical, cultural, and spiritual issues as well as psychological or interpersonal concerns. How counselors view these issues and concerns will determine what they do in the counseling interview. If I happen to hold an optimistic view of human beings and how they adapt to life’s ups and downs, my view of what should happen in counseling will be quite different from that of the person who holds a cautious, or even pessimistic, view of human beings and how they adapt.
I remember when we were rotated in the National Center for Mental health for our duty, we have been taught about the different ways on how to communicate with mental patients therapeutically. Knowing these people have mental illnesses, it is critical for us to know how to talk and deal with them because more often than not, the symptoms of their illnesses will be triggered if weren’t able to talk to them therapeutically. We were taught on how to not reinforce their thoughts when they have delusions and hallucinations and most importantly, we should not give them false reassurance. False reassurance is a pleasant lie. As stated in the book The Patient Doctor Relationship: Synopsis of Psychiatry, false reassurance is essentially lying to a patient and can badly
Therefore, when guiding a client through the process of psychotherapy, it’s important to emphasize the importance of being aware of what one consumes with their mind (i.e., what one watches on TV, what one reads, and what one listens to). Soviet psychology embraced the concept
These skills are not only applicable in the counselling setting to form therapeutic relationship; they are also essential in daily life to convey information in a healthier way instead of finger pointing and blaming others, especially during conflict. To illustrate, the practice of “I” statements were especially useful in expressing my discomfort due to someone’s behaviour since it allowed me to convey my discomfort clearly while reducing the defensiveness of the person. Besides that, I used to have superficial relationship with others as I avoided touching on people’s inner feelings due to my fear of not providing any constructive feedback to resolve their issues. Nevertheless, this has taught me that conversations do not merely revolve around advice giving; by actively listening to others, that could also serve as the best form of support. After understanding this, I am more willing to listen to my friends’ feelings and provide emotional support which deepens our