How can/should I counsel suffering people?
I believe the first thing is to allow the client to speak her mind and share her story. It is important not to sympathize rather show empathy. I might share my own similar or same story but will refrain from using words like “I feel your pain or I know what you are going through”. I believe it is only the person going through the pain and suffering that can actually express their feelings. I will also make sure I focus the topic back on the client as to avoid any sentiments from the client towards me. I will like to incorporate the ABC Model of crisis intervention in my counseling session. The first is to find out the precipitating event that led to the current suffering, secondly, I will want to know her perception of the event because the perception of life events is what leads to the current distress, and lastly, I will ask the coping methods she is using to manage the suffering. (Kanel, 1999, p. 81-84). Normal coping methods may something’s fail in which the person’s psychologically, emotionally, and behavioral level drops to a lower level than before the participating event. I believe these three models will help me start the counseling before adding the scripture if necessary and before going in to details with coping mechanisms that would work for the particular problem. Kanel, K. (1999), A Guide to Crisis Intervention Brooks/Cole: Pacific Grove, CA
Is the point of counseling to remove all suffering? Why or why not?
I don’t think it is possible to remove all suffering during counseling so I don’t agree with the statement. Matthew 11:28-30 says, “ Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” believe it is only God that can take all suffering away from human lives. I also believe counseling is to provide hope and...
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