using empathy to focus on this feeling of anger and advancing it by affirming how frustrating that must be for him, I am hoping that I am showing him that I value his experience. We can then move to explore and process these feelings, look at other similar past experiences, and push toward growing self-assurance and creating new ways of thinking and doing, (Corey, 2017). Client comment 3: "I only came along because my wife made me. I just didn't want to listen to her continuing to nag. Counseling is stupid, and I don't believe it will help me at all!" Response: “I hear you, I used to think it was a bunch of hooey too. Would you be willing to give it a few sessions, explore the process, and see where it takes you?” When speaking, I would be nodding my head in agreement. This would be a genuine statement from me (I really did think counseling was stupid) and would show him that I hear and understand him and relay unconditional positive regard. My hope is that it would help to also demonstrate that there is no pressure or judgement here and that he is free to express and explore his feelings and emotions and that he is free to make his own choice regarding therapy.
Client comment 4: "I'm going to school, I have a job, and I'm taking care of two kids and trying to make time for my husband. Most days, I don't even know where to begin."
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