What is a good enough Counsellor, can such a person counsel anyone.
There are many reasons as to why people choose to undergo counselling, these reasons range from; Relationship difficulties, lack of confidence, Depression, Exam and study stress. We go in to therapy in the hope of getting some, quick release from the distress that we are experiencing. Therefore, these are just some of the reasons as to why individuals opt for counselling. Commonly held myths suggest that a good a counsellor will tell you what to do and how to sort out the situation. Nevertheless this paper will examine the profession of a counsellor, and explore various methods of good counselling. This will then lead us to means of what good counselling is. Although there are many ways to seek counselling, such as self –help groups, online and telephone advice, the two that will be focused on in-depth are the personal therapy and the hypnosis therapy. These will be discussed and decided whether one therapy is more effective than the other. There will also be guidelines of when and how well, a counsellor can intervene and open a gate way for a positive outcome for the individual. I will also cite an example of a case study to reveal bad therapy in the form of hypnosis; finally the intentions of this paper will enable us to conclude if there is a good enough counsellor and whether the professional can counsel anyone regardless of the situation.
It would be appropriate for us to have a clear understanding of what is and what are the means of counselling and how it is structured. We shall begin with personal therapy, which consists of; a confidential setting with face to face encounter. The form of communication is talking; the counsellor listens, offers insight, helps clarify confusion and brings relief. However there are many approaches to counselling, for example, the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) (Which is made up of three types of therapeutic counselling, mental images, beliefs and attitudes) (Glassman, W, E & Hadad, M 2209). We also have the Humanistic approach which according to Carl Ransom Rodgers (1902-1987) suggested that humanistic therapy focuses on the ‘here and now’ rather than the childhood origins of the clients problems. There is also the psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapy, overall all these therapeutic approaches fall into the same category which is known as the psychological; therapy. John Mcleod (2010) suggest that in order to achieve positive therapy a counsellor must be able to comfortably interact with the person seeking help, offer flexibility and essentially be sensitive to possible significance of shifts in internal feeling states. Effective therapy builds on the quality of the relationship between the helper and the person being helped (Mcleod, J. 2010). The core aspects about learning counselling and psychotherapy are; self-awareness, understanding the therapeutic process and practice expense. Precise empathetic self-awareness underpins any types of counselling work regardless, of the approach used. The key tool is delivering help or therapy through the person and the counsellor.
An example of a negative implication in Rosie March-Smith’s (2005) book of a case study shared that the practitioner had tampered with the psyche of the client. The hypnotist had deliberately regressed a client to levels where she believed she was watching scenes from previous life-times. The case study is as follows; “I saw myself in a visualization as a housewife in ancient Greece, buying vegetables in the market square; then as a nine year old girl from the middle ages, carried of screaming by a horseman; finally as a Victorian maid. All these images left me profoundly shocked and I was dumbstruck at the sheer reality of what I had seen” (March-Smith, R. 2005). The hypnotist quickly surged in, as if eager to demonstrate how perspective he was. “Do you know the significance is about your being female in these memories? I mean,...
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