therapeutic session in which the therapist experiences difficulty engaging with

Therapeutic session in which the therapist

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therapeutic session in which the therapist experiences difficulty engaging with the client. As Corey (2017) clarifies, a therapist’s function is to be present, empathetic, and accessible to clients and to focus on their immediate experiences. Employing an example that a client comes in expressing the harrowing experiences of coming froma low-income family that cannot afford expenses that are accompanied with school which is causing anxiety, and believes this is what is holding him back from being successful. A therapist who may have come from a wealthy upbringing may have a difficult time working with this client; however, employing the empathetic response in this case will help enhance the therapeutic relationship and allow the client to feelaccepted and understood (Corey, 2017). Take the following interaction:Client:I feel bad, because I want to be able to go to college full time, but my parents can’t afford it, but at the same time I do not want to let them down. They’ve done so much for me. Therapist: I hear what you’re say, it sounds like you believe things may become a bit challenging and you feel responsible. (Empathetic response)For a counselor who may have experienced a wealthy upbringing, may have difficulty understanding the standpoint of the client, in this case. Providing an empathetic response in correlation with rephrasing what the client had already mentioned. ReferencesCorey, G. (2017). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.Capella University (n.d). Dr. Ed Neukrug: Theories in Action: Person-Centered Counseling [Video file]. Retrieved from
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