continuing to nag. Counseling is stupid, and I do not believe it will help me at all!" Counselor: I understand quarreling gets tiresome! Counseling can feel overwhelming, primarily if it does not work. The counselor is displaying empathy understating by reflecting the client's feelings. A counselor that shows understanding is with the client. 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 do not even know where to begin." Counselor: I understand the overwhelming responsibly to try and prioritize tasks especially when it comes to family. Would you describe a typical day in your life? The counselor is conveying empathy (reflective responding) and understands the client. The person- centered theory holds that the therapist's function is to be present and accessible to the client. (Corey, 2017). Client comment 5: "My five-year-old daughter died of cancer after a year-long struggle. I cry all of the time, and I do not know what to do. My daughter was everything to me, and I've lost her." Counselor: I am sorry for your loss. Being a father myself, I could not imagine the range of emotions you must be feeling. Your strength and endurance through her illness are commendable. It sounds like you feel a void in your life without your daughter. I would like to hear about your daughter. The counselor is showing empathy and expressing congruence. The counselor is expressing their real and genuine feelings with the client.
Reference: Corey, G. (2017). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.
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