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
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