client’s subjective world without making a considerable number of assumptions. The irony of those assumptions is that they were based on this learner’s social background. Therefore, I noted there is a considerable amount of counselor bias present and probably significant issues should these people be from a multi-cultural background. Comment One: “I can sense your frustration and the struggle you are having with this issue. I understand that you want me to give you answer, but I would really like to hear your thoughts on what you think you should do” Comment Two: “I understand your anger and I can sense that you don’t like to feel controlled. I want you to know that you are safe and able to share with me anything you think and feel. Comment Three: Counseling can be very intimidating, and many people don’t like to discuss their personal issues with a stranger. I know that I didn’t want to participate in counseling either and I didn’t want to go either. I can understand your feeling.” You are welcome to say as much or as little as your feel comfortable. Comment Four: That is a lot of responsibilities and I sense that you feel constrained by the many responsibilities. I also sense you carry a large emotional burden. I want you to know that together we will work together as we share about your job and family. Comment Five:
I am truly sorry for your loss and its ok to let yourself miss her. She was the most important part of your life and her loss has left you with a tremendous whole in your life. She will always be part of you, one of the best parts. References: Corey, G. (2017). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.
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