oundariesare clearly set and the client as well as the therapist are both aware of theseboundaries at the beginning of relationship when a contract is set up.
Anassessment is done to determine the resources and timeframe required, then acontract is then negotiated and formed with an agreement clearly stipulatingboth the client and counsellor’s responsibilities, Culley & Bond (2011). Itis the duty of the therapist to refer clients to someone else if they are notspecialised in the kind of counselling required. Building rapport is achievedby skills such as attending, active listening, paraphrasing combined withreflecting, use of open questions and summarising, Bond (1989). This applies tomy practice and clients are allocated some key workers who work closely withthem and they build relations which helps the support worker to know the clientmore so that personal care needs are met. Although lam not a trained therapist l use some aspects of counselling in my place ofwork. (See Appendix 1 -Video). On the 20th of September 2017 at11.
10 am l demonstrated a few of the skills that l had learnt in class theprevious week. I created a warm clear private and confidential environment assuggested by Burgoon (1994) that attractive rooms create feelings of well-beingwhich may be conducive and good for communication as well as being an importantcomponent of strategic thinking. Burgoon adds that the use of furniture can actas a barrier and a client and counsellor should not sit like a doctor who sits atthe end of a big desk making their patient feel very small and unimportant. Iapplied the SOLER sitting position as suggested by Egan (2002) that sitting 45degrees with an open posture, and leaning forward is warm and not intimidating.I greeted my client and asked her how l may help her.
l maintained eye contactbeing mindful of some cultures that sees this as a way of disrespect. My evaluationand reflection after l watched myself in simulation of a counselling session in(Appex. 1) l concluded that l need to work out on much of my skills. l gaveloads of advice in that session and completely failed to refrain my feelingsfrom the issues of my client at the time. This just reflects on how we arenaturally as human beings. I did not give my client some breathing space as lcontinuously asked questions and not giving my client a breather. I was veryjudgemental and offering solution but not the kind of solution that my clientwanted at the time. AlthoughRoger’s person-centred therapy has been criticized over its emphasis onempowering the client and its emphasis on the core conditions, it has survivedthe test of times because it is still being applied and used in schools,universities, and many health and social sectors after about five decades sinceit’s formation Martin Talbot (2009) This links well with what we do in mypractice, we apply person centred care and this means everyone is treated bestaccording to their personal needs and we promote independence.
The person-centredcare that we practice in my place of work is based upon Rogers person centredapproach, Rogers (1951).