A therapist plays a passive but very important role in order to make the therapy work. The therapist needs to see that the therapy goes in the correct direction and that the client can achieve the goals easily, effectively and in a way that gives the client maximum benefit. While active listening is one of the most vital practices in a client-centered therapy, there are many roles and suggestions for client-centered therapists that they should keep in mind to facilitate successful therapy sessions. Following are some definite roles that a therapist must carry out:- • Genuine empathy – This refers to the therapist’s ability to see and understand issues and situations from the client’s perspective. When the therapist is able to show an empathetic understanding of what the client is experiencing, it helps the client have a better inner understanding as well.
They needs to keep difference by eliciting the client’s verbal expression of concerns, their reasons to change and should encourage their optimism regarding change. Counselors need to be polite and positive in knowing things rather than confronting it directly. The counselor needs to emphasis on supporting the client’s self – efficacy. They must give positive feedback to encourage client’s motivation to change. Counselor should not do any direct confrontation to their clients or else it will lead to denial tendency of the client.
So, therapist must always careful and maintain a positive attitude to the client. Therapist must show empathetic understanding to the client (Saul McLeod 2015). Which means that therapist have abilities to understand sensitively and accurately the client’s experience and
“Strength Based Practice” is also an initial approach type method used with clients. This is an approach which encourages people to take charge of their lives with the basis of strength. There are various steps involved in achieving this method, such as: building trust with the client, positively encouraging and empowering the client, laying out a set of goals for the client to work towards their needs and desires, identifying their key motivation and using their own knowledge and experiences to continue encouraging positive change in their life. Hammond, W., Ph.D. (2010) I often use this approach with clients who have overcome a trauma or difficult situation in their life. It is that strength and courage they used to seek support which will lead to their success.
This comes from in relation to the characteristics that are established already inside the counselor. In the responsibilities that should be completed by the counselor is to inform the reflective interpretation from the counselor. Being an counselor comes more from the information that you retained as a student, but more so how you interact with people. The characteristics that a counselor should have are active listening skills, plenty of patience and encouragement. These key components can help with the retentions rate of the client showing up to sessions but also a sense of confidence the client will feel comfortable to open up about the
Instead of focusing on the causes of distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve one’s state of mind now. Trust between the client and the therapist is as important in cognitive and behavioural therapy as it is in any other form of psychological therapy (Waddington, 2002). There is a clear emphasis on the client and the therapist working together to form a ‘therapeutic alliance’. CBT has several defining elements and are an essential part of a client’s recovery process. The client must be involved in the therapeutic process not as an observer or as an occasional visitor, but as a core and key participant.
But the most important aspect of Narrative Therapy is to empower the client (Flaskas, 1999). Putting the client as the expert, understanding her story instead of attempting to judge it, in the therapist’s point of view. The therapist must in any point display with utmost care, interest, respectful curiosity, openness, empathy, and fascination. Once this collaborative relationship has been established, the counsellor and the client can move forward and work on how to improve the outcomes of the
Understanding our clients, or being emphatic, . . . means that the therapist senses accurately the feelings and personal meanings that the client is experiencing and communicates this acceptant understanding to the client. When functioning best, the therapist is so much inside the private world of the other that he or she can clarify not only the meanings of which the client is aware but even those just below the level of awareness.
Initially, therapist and client have to build an equal relationship between each other, and later this relationships can become like a colleague who coaches them or somebody whose expertise and experience and understanding and knowledge they do rely on (2010, audio, excerpt 10). Therapist’s aim is to guide the client to find the direction in their life, they keep their on the goal and the purpose at all times, but allow the client to take that in charge themselves. Therapist helped him look at things in more breadth or more depth, i.e. exploring why it is they have this position or why it is it seem like this to them rather than like that to them (2010, audio, excerpt
The use of open and closed questions, reflective listening and positive body language will show real and genuine appreciation of the patient’s struggles and difficulties. Summarising at the end of an appointment is also a fundamental step in establishing high adherence. This will enable a patient to listen to their own story and to show that the physiotherapist has understood what the patient is going through. Encouragement and motivation are essential in promoting adherence. Social support, appropriate advice and empathy along with ease with which a patient can incorporate those recommendations into his
A client with a current crisis is looking for relief and validation without judgements. It is crucial for a therapist to present a safe, peaceful and nonjudgmental environment to gain the trust of the client. When working with a crisis client, the therapist may have more of a challenge to obtain eye contact whereas a client that is not in crisis may feel ashamed. There is always a level of uncertainty with both the therapist and client in the first few initial meetings. The client may be wondering if they will be judged or accepted.
The counselors will be reminded to make sure the group involved in the encounter remains supportive and does not shame the individual going through counseling, as this is an important aspect of restorative justice. The members of the group must also listen to what the other members have to say and show a genuine care for the person going through counseling (TEDx, 2012). It is important that the counselors understand that there are three areas that should be focused on in the encounter. These areas of focus should be on what happened or what the individual is dealing with, who is impacted by this, and how can the wounds be healed (CentralMichiganRJ, 2008). These counselors already strive to mend broken relationships and I believe they would be very supportive of anything that
My many years experience working in the Human Services field , I have learned to treat people the way I wanted to be treat , with respect and dignity . I have been the person to lead by example and pull my sleeve up when needed . Encouraging and motivate people to do better has always been my motivation. Communication is the key word in becoming successful or being a successor . I have always communicated with my subordinate through problem solving, being open and honest, In order to communicate effectively, it is necessary to understand the roles we enact as communicators and receivers in the process.
We have Verbal, Nonverbal, listening and responding and asking questions as listening skills listed in chapter 7 of our text books. I feel two would be best when dealing with a resistant client. I feel listening and responding as well as asking questions are the most effective ways to deal with a client who just does not want to be in front of you, or does not agree with having to be in front of you. I feel listening and responding is effective because if the client is quiet, extremely demanding or totally unmotivated we need to listen to them and allow them to express themselves in any way they feel they need to for us to understand their point of view. I can see next follow with questions being very effective.
(Corey & California State University, 2013). In most of my sessions as an upcoming vocational rehabilitation counselor you will find me using CBT because it has a specific agenda. It is a directive approach in the sense that we show we model positive behavior to our clients which can help them obtain their goal. It is a process were we as therapist we teach our clients how work through negative situations and turn them into a positive experience for our clients. All of us find ourselves upset about things when, in fact the situation isn’t like we think it is and being aware of this issue would help us not waste our time upsetting ourselves.