Personal Model of Helping
September 3, 2012
Instructor: Elizabeth Jorgensen
I have high hopes for my career in helping others. My hope is to help many people and to be an effective helper. My personal model of helping includes ideas from Adlerian, existential, and person-centered theories and includes techniques from behaviorism and gestalt theories. I have formed my viewpoint from the wide array of techniques and methods I have chosen since one theory or technique does not cover everything I believe need to be addressed in order to be an effective counselor. I also chose different methods and techniques because no two people are the same so a good ...view middle of the document...
I believe that the counselor can offer suggestions and options. With this type of thought process, the client maintains the freedom and empowerment to make his or her own decisions. The counselor needs to be real with the client not be who they think the client wants to see. A person can usually see when someone is being fake or pretending to be someone they are not and a false front will not help in establishing a trusting relationship between the client and the counselor. On the flip side, the client also needs to be real and take personal responsibility for his or her actions. Therapy will not work if either the counselor or client is not being truthful, whole hearted, or real during each session. Refusing to take responsibility will hinder the clients’ growth.
Positive thoughts of humankind and continual growth within the right environment, which is highlighted in person-centered theory, is what I believe in. When one finds the good in other people it helps him or her to be confident in his or her dealings with others. When a client creates an atmosphere which is pleasant, he or she is more likely to be at ease. There will always be negative things that happen, but when he or she can focus on the positive and see the negative as a learning tool, he or she can learn to grow in a positive direction.
I believe that a client should learn all that they can about themselves and learn to accept themselves for who they are. On the other side of the coin, the client should also learn to accept others in their differences. Another aspect of person-centered theory is the focus on the here and now. While clients need to look into and discuss their past, it is trouble when a client gets stuck there. Concentrating on the present helps to see what is going now in their everyday lives and with an understanding of today, appropriate goals can be set for successful growth.
I am a firm believer that the more responsibility a client takes for his or her healing, the more effective therapy will be. Once a client feels satisfied with life and what he or she feels or what his or her purpose is, the client is able to be a productive part of a community. People need to make mistakes and succeed in order to have experience. Experiences and how a person reacts to those experiences will help form who we are and whom we will become.
My personal model of helping also includes ideas from behaviorism. I believe that anyone can learn and any behavior can be changed when one wants it to change. As a counselor, my role would be to assist the client in setting goals and eventually changing their behaviors. An aspect of behavior therapy I believe can be helpful to a client is assertiveness training. A person can have higher self-esteem when they speak up for what they believe in. When someone conforms to other’s beliefs and does not have firm beliefs of their own, they tend to feel weak.
Another aspect of behavior therapy I think is useful is...