Techniques And Interventions Of Using Free Association Essay

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Techniques and Interventions
I often use free association with most of my clients. Many of my clients are hesitant to come to counseling and suffer from some form of low self-esteem. In using free association I am giving the client power to lead the session and it will “help the client learn more about what he or she thinks and feels in a nonjudgmental, accepting atmosphere” (Capuzzi & Gross, 2011, P. 67). If the client feels that they are not being judged, then they are more likely to face the conflict between what they need and their unconscious fears. I use the analyzing resistance technique with the client to address their self-sabotage in their view of themselves as the presenting problem. My two clients have remarked that they feel worthless. In analyzing their resistance, I can have the clients work through their feelings of guilt or a sense of punishment so a new pattern of understanding can be used for the client’s recovery.
In working with my client, who has major depressive disorder, I used the empty- chair technique. She had conflict with her sister with whom she had once been close to. I know that this client suffers from low self-esteem and has a theme that she is worthless from being bulled. She sees her sister as the bully now and is letting some of this unresolved conflict influence her reaction to her sister. The use of the empty-chair “ technique can also be used for the issues that are internal within the client by having the client move back and forth…

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