oundaries my practice and clients are allocated some key

oundaries
are clearly set and the client as well as the therapist are both aware of these
boundaries at the beginning of relationship when a contract is set up. An
assessment is done to determine the resources and timeframe required, then a
contract is then negotiated and formed with an agreement clearly stipulating
both the client and counsellor’s responsibilities, Culley & Bond (2011). It
is the duty of the therapist to refer clients to someone else if they are not
specialised in the kind of counselling required. Building rapport is achieved
by skills such as attending, active listening, paraphrasing combined with
reflecting, use of open questions and summarising, Bond (1989). This applies to
my practice and clients are allocated some key workers who work closely with
them and they build relations which helps the support worker to know the client
more so that personal care needs are met.

 

Although l
am not a trained therapist l use some aspects of counselling in my place of
work. (See Appendix 1 -Video). On the 20th of September 2017 at
11.10 am l demonstrated a few of the skills that l had learnt in class the
previous week. I created a warm clear private and confidential environment as
suggested by Burgoon (1994) that attractive rooms create feelings of well-being
which may be conducive and good for communication as well as being an important
component of strategic thinking. Burgoon adds that the use of furniture can act
as a barrier and a client and counsellor should not sit like a doctor who sits at
the end of a big desk making their patient feel very small and unimportant. I
applied the SOLER sitting position as suggested by Egan (2002) that sitting 45
degrees 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 contact
being mindful of some cultures that sees this as a way of disrespect. My evaluation
and 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 gave
loads of advice in that session and completely failed to refrain my feelings
from the issues of my client at the time. This just reflects on how we are
naturally as human beings. I did not give my client some breathing space as l
continuously asked questions and not giving my client a breather. I was very
judgemental and offering solution but not the kind of solution that my client
wanted at the time.

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Although
Roger’s person-centred therapy has been criticized over its emphasis on
empowering the client and its emphasis on the core conditions, it has survived
the test of times because it is still being applied and used in schools,
universities, and many health and social sectors after about five decades since
it’s formation Martin Talbot (2009) This links well with what we do in my
practice, we apply person centred care and this means everyone is treated best
according to their personal needs and we promote independence. The person-centred
care that we practice in my place of work is based upon Rogers person centred
approach, Rogers (1951).