Counseling Stages

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The Stages of Counseling
Obviously there are many people who have problems and will need professional help. I will discuss the five stages of counseling and how to build a proper relationship to help a person turn their life around. As a future counselor, these steps will be so vital and important to my success as a counselor. The best way to help a person is by establishing a solid relationship with them. People want to feel comfortable in anyone’s presence; they want to be confident that they can trust their therapist or counselor and be prepared to work hard for the counselor. I know that throughout my life as I have started friendships, this process is also the most important. If any factors such as respect, trust, psychological comfort (Hackney and Cormier, 2013) were missing, than there was no need for further friendship. I believe that if this stage does not happen in counseling then my student or client will go elsewhere for help. If I fail to have that “participatory involvement” (Hackney and Cormier, 2013), than I have no client. There are going to be circumstances that the person has some previous experiences that limits there need or want to share. It is important that the counselor watches their “nonverbal and verbal messages” (Hackney and Cormier, 2013) as the client will be making judgments on these. In this stage it is so important to keep and maintain a rapport. I know that I will constantly be taking notes on clients and creating files. This way I have previous knowledge of the client,to always look at before a session begins. Again, the client wants to feel safe, they needs to be able to believe there is hope for their future, and essentially need to build their relationship with their counselor.

The next stage is to “assess or define the presenting problem” (Hackney and Cormier, 2013). This is in the “process of establishing a relationship, a second process is under way” (Hackney and Cormier, 2013). This where...
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