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encourage him/her to reveal what it is they want as it appears my client is focused on taking care of her family. Acknowledging my client’s emotions and encouraging him/her to develop an understanding of what they want for themselves builds self-efficacy (Corey, 2015). Client comment 5: "My five-year-old daughter died of cancer after a year-long struggle. I cry all of the time, and I don't know what to do. My daughter was everything to me, and I've lost her."Wow, this must be a very difficult time for you! Anyone in your situation would struggle with such a heartbreaking loss (Empathy). Crying is not a bad thing, in some instances it can help to release the pain. I really cannot imagine how you must be feeling (Congruence). It is important in cases such as this one to refrain from saying “I understand” as it may upset the client becauseI have not recently experienced the loss of a child. I must ensure to remain genuine with my
client in order to refrain from damaging the relationship. The strength of the counselor/client relationship is essential to the clients healing and overall growth[Ste12]. References:Corey, Gerald. Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, 10th Edition. Cengage Learning, 20160101. VitalBook file.Joseph, S., & Murphy, D. (2012). Person-Centered Approach, Positive Psychology, and Relational Helping. Journal of Humanistic Psychology.Seibles, T. (Director). (2018). Theories in Action: Person-Centered Counseling[Motion Picture].