Gestalt therapy helps clients focus on the here-and-now experience and helps them recognize their awareness by using different techniques during therapy. The reason why I decided to focus on this theoretical orientation was because in contrast to other therapies, the client is deeply involved in the therapy; coming up with their conclusions and discovering their self-awareness in the process, which helps them recognize their self, instead of continuing to focus on their ideal self. With the client being aware of their emotion, thoughts, and their environment, they will be able have insight on what they can do to resolve their current problems and have a holistic view of life. The therapist’s goal is to facilitate the therapy, focusing on the clients verbal and nonverbal behaviors, assisting them to be more self-reliant, and helping them focus on the present. During therapy, there is a continuous dialogue between the client and the therapist, in which the therapist shows warmth and acceptance (Jones-Smith, 2012).
Therapists are going to have an opinion and some reactions are going to show through. It is not easy to hide one’s emotions, but a good therapist will keep the objective in sight and keep moving forward. After all, the help counselors are providing is for the client. One aspect that wasn’t stressed enough in this theme was how often counselors should seek therapy. The more often a therapist seeks therapy, the more beneficial it can be to them.
Listening to my patient from a person-centered perspective cures my need to solve everything for the patient. Many of them have the solutions and we are partners in discovering the road to those solutions. Even when a patient may be full of despair and feeling low, they continually express that they are more than a diagnosis. They are a person who has many influences that may greatly impact their illness experience. As their therapist, my role is to respect their desires and goals, and help them maintain optimal functioning in this
The importance of counseling comes from the time and effort that is put into it by the counselor giving attention to the client, and the client pouring out the problems that is occurring in their life. In the treatment process, the aspect of counseling gives inspiration, vision and positively to the client. Counseling is the verbal way to describe therapy. Therapy is the cooperative venture for challenges the clients in translation for the insights in action to the real world. Therapy is used for the reviving of a person’s life, and the verbal form of counseling gives a client a sense of purpose to continue on in life and to establish an sense of being in a better place in the future.
Both individual and family therapy are forms of treatment which provide individuals with guidance in working through conflicts, building a stronger sense of self-worth, and a healthier lifestyle. Although both forms of therapy are beneficial and provide treatment for patients, they do have different aspects in which they focus on. Individual therapy focuses on the individual and their internal conflicts they may have. In this type of therapy individuals are engaged in a one-on-one relationship with their therapist. The therapy is centered around one client and they are able to self-reflect on their feelings and emotions.
Self Assessment Assignment As a counselor in training, there are many skills that I still need to improve. Being able to work with actual clients broaden my view of counseling. Clients would discuss experiences that are unexpected to the counselor, and counselors need to be ready at any moment. It is fascinating for me to learn that although clients might be experiencing similar difficulties such as anxiety or depression, each client has a unique story behind them. Although I encounter some difficulties working with clients, being able to apply the skills that we learned in actual session helps me to further understand how to work with them.
This means we may explore evidence-based ways to help lessen symptoms of depression/anxiety, such as nutrition/lifestyle changes, exercise and/or learning stress reducing techniques. Ultimately, each therapy experience is unique to each individual and guided by you as the client. Couples Counseling Creating a setting where you and your partner feel safe to work through your issues is the number-one priority in Couples’ Counseling. Under the guidance of your therapist, you will explore your relationship through honest and open discussion. Through active listening and open communication, you’ll find a greater strength and intimacy in your relationship.
Furthermore, my goal is to let client fix their problems on their own through insight and guidance from the therapist. I envision a successful therapeutic process being when a client follows their goals and achieves positive outcomes in their lives. I seek to gain a therapeutic process with my clients by building rapport, trust, and helping them gain insight. When my clients are stuck and need motivation, I plan to remind them about their goals and the positive things that will come with change. If family is important to a client, informing the client about their family and their happiness may help motivate them to continue to
I do listen to them, and I do hear them. I just focus on helping them, by interacting with them in the therapy session in a more direct way. By working with my clients to break the “communication barriers”, I am inversely helping all of their relationships. Debate Question Two: What is the role of challenging in therapy? What is the role of existentialism?
Introduction Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) emphasizes the importance of thoughts on producing behaviors. The fundamental principle of CBT is for counselors to assist clients in changing their negative thought patterns and recreate these into positive self-enhancing thoughts. The therapeutic relationship is grounded on collaboration between the counselor and the client. The counselor plays an active role but relies on the client to make changes. Together, the counselor and client will develop realistic goals that are achievable within an appropriate amount of time (Corey, 2017).