My thoughts on counseling among other ideas are what you will discover as you delve into the various subjects throughout this paper. How I define counseling and the most essential characteristics of a helping relationship will be discussed in order to bring better understanding of the basics in the therapeutic process. The next step will be a thorough explanation of key elements that are salient to a new client during their first session, and why it must be covered. I will gladly share which theory of counseling, and two techniques, that I might specialize in and utilize in my own practice of counseling. My life experiences will certainly have an impact on how effectively I work with a diverse population of clients, as well as, how my experiences can hinder my ability to relate to a particular population of clients. Lastly, I will express how I feel about certain client populations; about which ones I can and cannot work with and why.
My Thoughts on Counseling
A Definition of Counseling and the Most Essential Characteristics of a Helping Relationship According to the American Counseling Association (2011), "Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals." This is a very concise and accurate overview in defining the complex world of counseling. The crucial word in this definition is "empowers;" to empower an individual is to ensure the person has the power or authority to make informed decisions about his/her own life. This also means that the therapist in no way influences the client in what to say or do; guiding and directing is the mark of an effective counselor. The counselor is the most effective therapeutic tool (Corey, 2009). Corey (2009) stresses the most important characteristics of an effective counselor are: to have her own identity, having openness to
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