While obtaining knowledge regarding client-centered and existential counseling techniques there are facets present that can present an avenue towards integration between the two approaches. An aspect of client-centered counseling as Murdock. (2017) demonstrates that lends itself to a combined approach is that the focus is on allowing the client to draw out their own answers and experiences. With this style there are no specific and unique interventions attributed to client-centered counseling but instead there are allowances to utilize techniques from other approaches. Similarly in existential counseling specific interventions are viewed not as important as the formation of a powerful and trustful counseling relationship.
Between the two counseling approaches there can be a presence of the use of Socratic dialogue or questioning within the counseling relationship in which the client will attempt to find their own solutions in life through exploration of beliefs and experiences. In addition, there can be the use of self-disclosure elements in which the counselor acknowledges their own experiences and feelings within the counseling relationship in order to aide the client in finding their own answers and spark growth in their ways of thinking.
Murdock, N. L. (2017). Theories of counseling and psychotherapy: A case approach, 4/e (4th ed.). Pearson Education.
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I am a caring and compassionate person, I can forgive anybody, we all make mistakes and big mistakes in our lives can bring us to therapy. I should know, I had been there myself. I know it is most important to be genuine, accepting, and empathic to any client I work with as described in our textbook, (Murdock, 2017). My own understanding of myself leads me to not work with a child sex offend if it is any possible not to do so. In a case that I cannot refer the client to another therapist, I would do my ethical duty and provide the best ethical treatment that I can provide, (Association, 2014). I have had experiences in my own family with child molesters and the destruction that they put upon the innocent lives of children, in some destroying them all together. I know I would have issues and challenges working with that group of clients. I have forgiving people that have done and even taken care of them until their death, but I would not want to deal with that on any regular bases; it would not be good for my own self-care. There are also times that I meet a prospective client and I just cannot make a connection with them and that may prove to be difficult for me being 100% genuine, accepting, and empathetic to the individual. I am a very honest person; I say how I feel and am very genuine about that and it could be a problem for me to give the client the compassion, acceptance, and empathy that they deserve. I am human too.
Association, A. C. (2014). American Counseling Association. Retrieved from American Counseling Association: Code of Ethics 2014: https://www.counseling.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2014-code-of-ethics-finaladdress.pdf?sfvrsn=96b532c_2
Murdock, N. L. (2017). Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Case Approach (4th ed.). New York, New York, United States: Pearson Education.
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