Initiating, maintaining, developing and concluding a helping relationship.

 

 

It is important for the counsellor and their client to maintain the relationship that they have initiated. In order for the counsellor to be able to maintain the relationship, it is important for them to be non-judgemental about the problems in which the client is discussing with them. As the client is trusting their counsellor by sharing their problems it should always be kept confidential and be not judged. It is also important that the client is able to have regular sessions, as it will be easier to discuss problems from recently rather than a long period of time. Counsellors should always ensure that they document everything that is taking place in the counselling sessions, this way the counsellor and client can see how much the client has grew since first visiting them. It is important for the counsellor to always take a positive picture of the outcomes for the individual, as this will encourage the individual to be a lot more positive about their life and this will benefit the health and wellbeing of the client. Counsellors must always ensure that they are vigilant and ensure that if needed, the client is referred to other healthcare professionals. In order for the client to have a positive outcome from their sessions the counsellor must ensure that the session is personalized for their clients specific needs.

 

 

 

It is important that a counsellor is able to develop a stronger relationship with their client, as the client will become more trusting in their counsellor and share more things with them. This will help the counsellor to be able to give more support and offer better care solutions for the client. By offering the client a variety of different methods to overcome their problems, it allows them to be able to see that their counsellor is doing everything they can to help them and by giving them a range of options it allows them to pick what suits them best. It is important that the counsellor is always empowering their client in order for them to be able to make their own decisions and give them more power over their lives. Tailoring the session to fit the individual's needs will also help to develop the relationship between the client and the counsellor as they will enjoy and benefit more off the session.

Maintaining a relationship

Developing a relationship

 

Initiating, maintaining, developing and concluding a helping realtionship

 

    A counsellor must understand that

   their clients will be of  different ethnicities

   and hold certain beliefs. They must be

   able to take these and deal with their

    client in a way in which will benefit them.

 

 

 

 It is important for the counsellor to council their client in an appropriate setting. Having an appropriate setting ensure that the client feels compatible and is able to talk freely and comfortably about their problems. An appropriate setting should be calm, private, relaxed, good lighting, have a comfy chair, clock facing the counsellor and the right temperature. Also, panic buttons should be in a place in which is not visible to the client as when if it is needed the counsellor can use it subtly.



 

 

Counsellors must ensure that they are always giving all clients equal opportunities, and give all clients the access to the same things. By doing this, it ensures that everyone is able to feel equal and happy with the care in which they are receiving.

Counselling is a type of talking therapy where an individual is able to talk to a professional about the problems in which they may be facing in a confidential and dependable environment. The advice in which individuals will get will be tailored and personalized specifically to the individual. In order for counselling to be a positive therapy, the counsellor must be empathetic meaning they are able to put themselves in their client's shoes. This enables them to understand why their client may be feeling a certain way.

 

 

Initiating a relationship

 

 

It is important to be able to initiate a relationship with your client, as without having a strong relationship they will not have confidence in you being able to help them.

 

 

 

     Counselling

 

 

    A counsellor should understand that there has to  be  boundaries of the relationship in which they will make with their client, and it must be ensured that they do not overstep  these boundaries.

 

 

Counsellors must ensure that they are always giving all clients equal opportunities, and give all clients the access to the same things. By doing this, it ensures that everyone is able to feel equal and happy with the care in which they are receiving.

 

 

By counsellors communicating their limitations of the helping relationship and making them aware to their counsellor it will benefit the individual as their mentor is able to match them with a client who will not oversee their limitations.

 

The counsellor should arrange a first contact with their client in case the client is ever in danger, or if the client ever wants to speak and is unable to get in contact with their counsellor. By giving the client access to other helplines it ables them to always have someone to talk to if they are ever in need.

 

Confidentiality is very important in initiating a relationship with a client. Counsellor should always ensure that information should always be kept confidential unless their client is in danger. When clients are able to have their information kept confidential, it will result in them being able to bond a stronger bond in which will be trustworthy. Clients should always be made aware that not everything they tell their counsellor may be kept confidential due to safety reasons.



Initiaitng a relationship

 

 

Counsellors must always be able to develop a relationship in which is empathetic as this way the counsellor is able to see their clients problems from their point of view. This enables the counsellor to be able to offer more person centred help.

 

 

Counsellors should be made aware of clients who need to be referred to certain healthcare environments. By the professional being able to professionally judge where and what their client needs it ensures that they always have access to the things in which they need most to maintain their health and wellbeing. Counsellors will always aim to benefit the individual in whatever circumstances they may be facing.

 

   Counsellors should make it aware to their client that they are 

on a contract and that if they ever want to drop out of their sessions at any time, they can with confidence. By the client having a contract in which is confident it enables them to be able to speak to their counselor with trust.

Problem solving and decision making

 

 

It is important that when counselling sessions are coming to an end, and the contract is ending that the counsellor always makes it clear to their client that their door is always open if they are ever in need. The counsellor should always offer unbiased information meaning that they are always facilitating their client with the things in which they need to make their own decisions for their next steps. It is also important that if the counsellor sees no progress in their client that they should refer their client to other healthcare professionals that are able to support them and offer them a larger range of facilities in which will benefit them more. Counsellors should form a plan with their client in which they can follow in order for them to be able to cope without their counsellor if possible, by helping and enabling their clients to choose appropriate strategies which they can use to formulate plans it enables their client to be empowered. When clients are empowered it means that they can have more input into the care in which they are being given, and this will help the individual become more aware of who they are and are then able to help themselves rather than depending on others.

 

 

Being able to problem solve and make decisions is very important as a Counsellor and there are numerous ways in which they are able to do this with their client. Counsellors should always facilitate their client with the things in which they need to be able to understand the reasons in why they may be feeling the way in which they do. If the counsellors client ever has a concern, the should prioritize and review the concern with professionalism in order for no further problems to be caused. It is important for counsellors to aid their client with the needs to identify and make their own decisions. By facilitating clients with this need, it encourages independence, increases their self worth and helps them to think in a lot more creative way. By counsellors giving their client ways in which they can help themselves, such as encouragement of using different strategies such as mind maps, and identifying their sources of their problems it enables them to be able to be a lot more independant and not rely on their counsellor so much.

Concluding a relationship

 

 

When a counsellor is counselling their client they should use a number of strategies in order to make their client feel comfortable in sharing their problems. By the counsellor using a different number of challenging skills it enables their client to be able to reflect upon their own actions, and develop a plan in the things in which they may do next time a similar problem may arise. It is important for the counsellor to make it clear that they have deep empathy, shown through different communication strategies such as body language and facial expressions. This will also help the client gain a much more trusting relationship in their counsellor. In a counselling session, silences are going to occur often as the client may need to think about things. When the counsellor is able to manage silences, it will make the client feel a lot more comfortable in the environment in which they are in. When the counsellor is replying to the things in which the client is telling them, it is important to not rush or take a long time to respond. The counsellor should be able to time their responses in a way in which will make their client feel comfortable. It is also important to not bring personal feelings and agenda into conversations as it could make the client feel uncomfortable, which is unwanted in a counselling session as it is suppose to be about the client not about the counsellor. Counsellor should be able to utilise the ‘here and now’ time appropriately and be able to act upon things that are said immediately, quick thinking and responses are needed to be a counsellor as you do not want to seem as they do not know what they are dealing with.

Strategies used by Counsellor

Charley Murphy UNIT 24 P1