RUNNING HEAD: Reflection on counseling
Reflection on counseling session recording Chua Ci Jie Introduction to Counselling James Cook University, Singapore
Reflection on counseling Reflection on counseling Counseling is interpreted as a therapeutic practice of utilizing dialogue to assist clients in better understand and coping with their individual problems or health issues (Counseling, 2003). The individuality of the counselor has been extensively regarded as a vital tool in the provision of productive counselling sessions (Pieterse, Lee, Ritmeester & Collins, 2013) and has commonly introduced as “self as instrument” (Baldwin, 2000; McWilliams, 2004 as cited in Pieterse, Lee, ...view middle of the document...
I make sure to maintain high levels eye contact, adopt a slightly leaning forward posture with frequent nods to make the client feel attended (Fretz & Bruce, 1966). Unfortunately, a handshake could have been incorporated before the start of session to further express warmth and professionalism. When a formal discussion on the client’s issues was pursued, a relatively long and awkward pause was
Reflection on counseling noticed. In correspondence to the second micro skill of “client observation”, judging from the
nature of the question and client’s facial expression (Quindlen, 2013), it can be suggested the client is experiencing sadness or emotional pain and exhibiting behavior of withdrawal into self. The above situation implies the inappropriate or poor use of the third micro skill, “Questioning”. Instead of directly questioning the relationship with the client’s spouse, an alternative could be encouraging the client to talk about her family. To make corrections for the distressing question, I offered tea to the client with the purpose of dispelling, disrupting negative thoughts and calming the client with the natural benefits of tea (Sutter, 2012). Keeping in mind the sensitivity of the client’s relationship with her spouse, I proceed to the middle stage of the counseling session to confront her problems.
Middle stage of counseling session Continuing on from the long awkward pause, I acknowledged the client’s poor relationship with her spouse and carry on to challenge her by further questioning her apprehension of the relationship. While this challenge appears to be a huge risk considering the withdrawal exhibitions previously, it was necessary for the client to confront the issue. The client then advances to reveal her suspect for marital infidelity and lack of support from her spouse. I then proceed to employ the fourth micro skill of encouragement by praising the client via positive feedback for her courage to reveal sensitive information on her marital situation and thanked her for sharing thereafter to express my empathy for her. I further challenged the client across various mode to consider her reasons for staying in marriage despite the issues highlighted. Each time ensuring my intolerance for infidelity is suppressed and not prone to counter-transference. Similarly, keeping in check transference is obstructed. Despite repeated self-checks, I still find myself succumb to my intolerance for infidelity. This could be due to my lack of therapist training as reported by Pieterse, Lee, Ritmeester & Collins (2013), self-awareness improvement is seen as a result of the counselor’s training. To reconsolidate my thoughts and realign my focus on the client instead of myself, I
Reflection on counseling attempt a pause break by invoking a summary of the clients projected problems until now and
confirming the information. After regaining...