COUN 5239 Unit 4 Discussion 1.docx - in a way that is consistent with person-centered theory requires empathy which is the ability to understand the

COUN 5239 Unit 4 Discussion 1.docx - in a way that is...

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in a way that is consistent with person-centered theory requires empathy, which is the ability to understand the client’s subjective worldview and communicate that understanding. For this discussion, identify a client with whom you may have difficulty working. Provide one client statement and one empathic counselor statement in response. The counselor statement will be a paraphrase of content or reflection of feeling. Reflect on any challenges to responding empathically and share those reflections. As counseling students, we will encounter many clients over the years who act and believe differently than we do. Many times, these differences will cause us to react emotionally and think differently of the client. One must remember that compassion and understanding are imperative to the therapeutic relationship and overcoming those reactive thoughts. (Corey, 2017) One of the examples that I can think of for a client to be difficult would be a very religious family, particularly the parents being extremely religious. Working in the mental health field
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