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Reflection Paper: Professional Development

“Where do therapists start with clients? What should therapists know? What should therapists do?” (Module 2). In this paper, I will describe the important skills that a counselor should have to ensure that the client comes back the following week. Then, I will explain my thoughts on the initial issues or anxieties that a counselor would face while establishing rapport with their clients and how they might seek validation from client to address anxieties. Lastly, I will describe the specific aspects of confidentiality or informed consent that would be hard to explain to a client. To begin, I will describe the important skills that a counselor should have to ensure that the client comes back the following week. These skills include: • Empathy: understanding what the client feels and not just what you would feel if you were the client. • Genuineness: Being who you are without pretense or hiding behind the “therapist” role. • Unconditional Positive Regard: Accepting the person for who he or she may be without putting conditions on it. • Positive Regard: This is when the therapist expresses appreciation of the client as a unique or worthwhile person. The therapist should have good listening skills, leading skills, reflecting skills, interpreting skills, informing skills, and summarizing skills. Moving on, I will explain my thoughts on the initial issues or anxieties that a counselor would face while establishing rapport with their clients and how they might seek validation from client to address anxieties. Issues or anxieties that a counselor would face while establishing rapport with their clients are resistance and projection. Resistance “refers to any idea or action that maintains the status quo in the therapeutic relationship and prevents any real change in the client’s lives. Projection is when clients attribute their feelings to other people because the ego is threatened by the id impulses. Encouraging the clients to...
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