Unconditional Positive Regard Characteristics

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Characteristics such as rapport building skills, empathy and unconditional positive regard can all be developed in the counseling process with clients; however rapport building and empathy are two that are most likely to change with each client and therefore should be genuinely new and relevant to each person as they come along. For example, each client that comes in will need a different set of feelings from their counselor, since every one’s story is different. The empathy can be a general deduction from general issues but should be tailored to fit into the specific needs of each individual client. The unconditional positive regard though should be something that a counselor not only has for client’s but should practice it in in his or her …show more content…
My personal desire to help people heal emotionally and psychologically will allow me to be an effective counselor. I like to see people succeed in life and I will do whatever is in my power to help them do that, as long as they are willing to help themselves in the process. Something that may hinder my ability to counsel effectively may be in not knowing exactly how to help a client with a specific issue. The thing with this though is that I will not stop at that and I will continue to find a way to help them and uncover the treatment that will provide the most necessary interventions for the client with the least amount of harm to them. Another hindrance is my apprehension against prescribing psychotic medication if that becomes necessary and I believe it I were to have to do that I may have to refer my client to someone else for that part of the therapy because I am not comfortable with that. I will however make …show more content…
Using this type of therapy allows a client to talk about their feelings, moods and behaviors in which we will uncover the stages, patterns and important factors in the client’s emotional development. I would do this by asking question about the here and now, and then move on to questions about the past (Seligman & Reichenberg, 2013). Another technique I would use in treatment is the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) because “CBT is structured and directive, relying heavily on the cognitive tools of psychoeducation, Socratic questioning, and the inductive method (Seligman & Reichenberg, 2013).” The strategies of CBT helps people to think, feel and act in ways that are useful and helpful to them, rather than harmful and it allows them to test their own hypothesis, rather than telling them how they think, act or feel. A big part of CBT is the homework that is given so that people can make progress outside of therapy sessions and allow them to apply what they have learned in real life settings. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be just as effective as other therapies, especially in the treatments of anxiety, depression, marital and interpersonal problems, as well as personality disorders, trauma and schizophrenia (Seligman & Reichenberg,

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