Professional Counseling Relationships

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Professional counseling relationships between the counselor and client starts with an intake interview. The intake process can occur in a variety of settings such as a hospital, private practice, or mental health facility. Clients that seek our help have come from various backgrounds and cultures. They have taken a pivotal step and should be treated accordingly. Creating a cultured centering environment helps break down stereotypical behaviors, reduce drop out rates, and provide a client-counselor learning opportunity. This paper demonstrates the need to input a culture centered counseling techniques, modification of micro counseling skills, applying therapeutic techniques and treatment outcomes as it relates to the Asian and Latin American cultures.

Culture centered counseling means that we put the patient first. A counselor needs to understand their problems from their point of view. Research conducted by Dr. Pederson defined the culture centered therapy by “assumes that cultural factors complicate counseling but, in a positive way, and that behaviors have no meaning until they are understood in the cultural context” (Pederson, page 1).

In a session, a counselor should explore the client’s context, focus on patterns and themes, and reflect on culturally mediated meanings (Pederson, page 2). A counselor should listen to the client and avoid stereotypes. In addition to explore the client’s context, we also need to monitor our own verbal and nonverbal expressions. These expressions are known as micro counseling skills.

There are three different micro counseling skills. A counselor needs to be aware of their verbal and non verbal expressions. For instance, eye contact, tone, and posture need to match the message...

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...developing a treatment plan would be 3.0. Because of my lack of skills and knowledge in the field I would acquire additional training. My fear is to develop a plan for a client that was not attainable. As a result, it would

hurt the client’s feelings. My own personal philosophy has always been “suck it up cupcake and keep going”. Not everyone lives by that notion and it’s harmful for me to impose that one another individual.

Works Cited

Day, M. (2009). Adapting Counseling Skills for Multi Cultural and Diverse Clients.

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Pederson, P. (2007). Culture Centered Counseling.

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Vontress, C. (2003). Culture and Counseling.

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