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This is the second one version of a booklet that i am hoping is still of useful worth. For counselling should always be that: sensible. No quantity of conversing, by itself, can particularly make a distinction if humans don't prove doing whatever due to counselling. the sensible thread is still a big one all through this version. Counselling talents for overall healthiness execs is not only a 'how to do it' booklet: everyone is most likely too complex for that method of be of a lot use. Counselling isn't easily an issue of studying a number of abilities that you then practice in a number of settings. in any case, counselling is set dealing with the individual in entrance of you, hearing them conscientiously after which assisting them as they paintings via their difficulties. for lots of difficulties, there are not any effortless solutions and counselling does not supply any 'quick fixes'. it really is primarily a supportive approach. there are lots of issues it can't do. It can't swap convinced social and political occasions. It can't medication illnesses. nonetheless, what it could actually do is provide humans extra wish. usually, simply the truth that there's somone who's ready to listen to your tale and to hear you is all that's wanted. I stay confident that the major factor in all kinds of counselling is the facility to listen.

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That is to say, we cannot clearly give an account of why we are behaving, thinking or feeling as we are, at any given time, because there are forces at work beneath the level of conscious awareness that cause us to act in a particular way. This unconscious level of the mind is developed out of experiences that happened to us in earlier parts of our lives that we were unable to deal with at the time. When we encounter an experience in the present that is in any way similar to that past event, we experience anxiety - we are unconsciously reminded of the situation.

Once those undersirable (or uncomfortable) behaviours have been identified, the next step is to organize a scheme whereby more positive behaviours will be encouraged (or, in behavioural terms, a 'schedule of reinforcement' is drawn up). The client is then encouraged to go away and work at developing the desired behaviours through the scheme organized with the counsellor. No attempt is made, in the behavioural approach, to understand the cause of behaviours in terms of the past as no such theory of causation is mooted.

Clearly, confrontation needs to be used appropriately and sensitively. This issue is addressed more specifically in Chapter 10. Cathartic interventions These are interventions that enable the client to release tension through the expression of pent-up emotion. Thus an intervention that allows a person to cry may be termed a cathartic intervention. The counsellor may give the client permission to cry by saying 'You seem to be near to tears. It's alright with me if you cry'. Cathartic interventions may be misused when they force the client to release feelings when that person is clearly not ready or willing to express them.

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