Unit 24 Counselling
In this report, I shall be discussing how to initiate, maintain, develop and conclude a helping relationship. I will expand by assessing how integrating a range of helping skills which can be beneficial for clients, showing how these benefits can be monitored and how effective endings can be reached. Furthermore, I will evaluate the effectiveness of the use of counselling skill in regards to client decision making process and finally describing potential boundary issues that may occur in a helping relationship.
Counselling is a process that occurs when a client or counsellor set aside time in order to explore difficulties or change in a safe and confidential place. Counselling can help the client to see things more positively and
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The counsellor should attempt to understand the thoughts and feelings the client is experiencing, also referred to as ‘walking in someone else’s shoes’. The second condition is known as Congruence this means the counsellor is genuine and real, it allows the client to build a trusting relationship, according to Rogers this is the most important attribute in counselling. Congruence can help defeat negatives attitudes that others may have mentioned about the client, no one would want to discuss their problems over with someone acting false and where they don’t feel they are valued when this can build self esteem. The third condition is known as Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR), it requires that a counsellor suspends any form of personal judgement and accepts the client, regardless of the content of disclosure. It allows the client to open up and speak about their difficulties without holding back or being criticised or judged. All qualified counsellors will have undergone specific counselling skills training.
Respect means many things. Counsellors need to remember that clients are humans, who make mistakes and they still are human with the same needs, hopes and fears just like everyone else. It’s important that the other person is accepted regardless to their views, opinions and beliefs. Kathryn Geldard and David Geldard (2005) explain that regardless of who the