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Unformatted text preview: Student’s Name Course Content Instructor’s Name Date Health counseling Introduction Confrontation is the supposed challenge given to a client during health counseling. Confrontation enables a client to have a different outlook of a situation if it is done concisely and clearly. The application of the Client Change Scale is used in the interview to make an evaluation of the client’s change after a period of session. This paper seeks to clarify the role of empathic confrontation during counseling sessions with a special focus on Joyce who is a law student. The case of Joyce could be handled systematically by listening and observing to what she has to say that is troubling her. As a good counselor, the provision of feedback will be pretty crucial in the case affecting Joyce. It is essential to understand the external and internal conflicts facing Joyce. The final stage of this resolution entails an evaluation of the entire scenario to determine whether Joyce received the confrontation positively or negatively and whether this would lead to a change. The third phase of the confrontation involves the Client Change Scale (CCS) which happens to be a system that determines the way a client understood you as the counselor. Over a series of sessions, CCS will enable the counselor to understand the exact position of the client, in this case, Joyce, the law student. The observation of mixed discrepancies, messages and incongruity is an accurate way of an active confrontation in the Joyce case. This is a critical moment where the counselor and Joyce’s values could differ and as such professional conduct must be enhanced. Most clients are always anxious about the internal and external conflicts that they face which is a condition that makes them blame themselves for the situation at hand. The second approach to Joyce’s case entails highlighting the areas of incongruity and making an effort to resolve them. The main point of focus should be the areas of incongruity and not Joyce as a person. In this case, therefore, it will be advisable to use reflective listening and making of a proper summary for the client. The primary target will be facts and avoidance of judgmental stances. Finally, it will be equally important to make an overview of the areas of incongruity. Good counselors are supposed to be firm and objective when doing this. The final stage requires that the counselor conducts an evaluation exercise in a bid to rate the intervention exercise. This will prove the success rate and as such forge a direction to be followed in improving the situation in the future. Using the CCS, the case of Joyce will undergo five successive stages namely: Denial; Partial examination; recognition and acceptance; creation of a new solution and finally, developing a more significant, new and more inclusive behavior. Reflection of meaning will enable Joyce to understand her exact position and forge forward towards achieving a new set of behaviors. Through proper paraphrasing of the situation facing Joyce can be amicably handled in a manner that addresses the values, meaning, and vision. By asking Joyce to make a reflection is a strategy and skill in itself that allows one to see the past, present and the future. There is always the need for an individual to make self-examination with the primary focus being reaching a solution. The question of linking will work well for Joyce since as a counselor; it will be easier to create a new insight for Joyce. This can only be accomplished when there is proper knowledge of the client. It is equally advisable to be keen on Joyce’s reflection of meaning, reframing, and interpretation. The reason behind counseling is bringing behavior together with what one is thinking. In Joyce’s case, I will try to make her understand that there is more to life than just academics and career achievement. It would be important that she understands that too much of something could be dangerous. She needs a social life, and in her case, she should desist from the pressure facing her to be an achiever like her kin who are successful in life Empathic disclosure, feedback on behavior and thought will enable me to understand Joyce’s character in a manner likely to allow a counselor to help her. In this case, there is a need to be trustworthy an open during the session. Counselors have the power and influence over clients. Joyce being a law student is unsure of whether she will pass as she expects because the demands of the law school are way above her scale. In her case, empathic disclosure and her behavior will enable the counselor to trace the root of her main problem in a bid to handle it. The process of handling Joyce’s case, I will listen keenly to what she =has to say and make an assessment of the self-disclosure to use. After this is achieved, I will assess Joyce’s response to what I had said. I will insist on the use of “I” statements to be on the same page with Joyce. I will use the opportunity to share the feelings and behaviors for example by expressing to her how sad it feels to be in that awkward situation. I could use a statement such as “I can only imagine the kind of pain you are feeling.” Psychoeducation will help Joyce understand critical future-oriented life skills. Psychoeducation uses a lot of listening and the introduction of therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLCs) that will help Joyce in the creation of positive psychology traditions and wellness. A great deal of role-playing will be used when using Psychoeducation as different challenges are addressed. I will use imagery that focuses on relaxation as a way of altering the lifestyle. I will also use positive reframing to have a better understanding of the scenario. I will advise her to engage in physical exercises and other therapeutic lifestyle changes and spiritual imagery. In a bid to help Joyce prioritize her objectives using the cognitive and emotional balance sheet, I will, first of all, listen keenly to understand her goal clearly. Secondly, I will create other alternatives that could lead to a new story which Joyce can buy. Thirdly, I will put Joyce on the spot regarding what the future holds for her, should she make a particular decision. From this, I will elicit the probable emotional results. Once this is accomplished, I will make a summary of both negative and positive consequences of the situation. Finally, I will inspire the client’s decision making and action. Conclusion For Joyce to manage her stress and improve her health, Therapeutic Lifestyle changes would be appropriate. She could also use strategies such as spiritual imagery, physical exercises, meditation, journaling, thought stopping, relaxation and imagery focusing. TLCs involve the provision of information, Psychoeducation and the provision of advice. Joyce will be encouraged to change her lifestyle and way of thinking in a manner that will make her more pragmatic and healthy. Works Cited Ivey, Allen E., et al. Essentials of intentional interviewing: Counseling in a multicultural world. Cengage Learning, 2012. ...
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