Essay about Working at Relational Depth
WHAT IMPACT HAS THE RELATIONAL APPROACH, AS DESCRIBED IN ‘BEYOND EMPATHY’ AND MEARNS AND COOPER’S ‘WORKING AT RELATIONAL DEPTH’, HAD ON YOUR CLIENT WORK. ILLUSTRATE YOUR ANSWER WITH REFERENCE TO A SINGLE SESSION WITH A CLIENT.
This essay will be looking at the importance of relational depth and further more I will attempt to demonstrate my growing awareness of my relationship with my clients and how it has impacted on my client work.
What is Relational depth?
Relational Depth comes from the book entitled ‘Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy’ (2005), Dave Mearns and Mick Cooper. ‘Such an …show more content…
Bowlby’s (1988) work, recommends that a therapist will need to build a secure base for the client. Moreover the therapist will also need to provide enough ego strength so they can go beyond Rogerian’s conditions.
At Inter psyche I have worked using Carl Rogers conditions, Egan’s stages working towards goals, Freud’s theory and also Gestalt. I find even though its triad work, I can still feel at relational depth in my practice.
I believe a therapist needs to maintain a fairly good relationship to work with one’s client, otherwise I believe the relationship will feel disconnected and the process will be much more difficult to maintain. Working with CBT there is Less attention paid to the quality of the relationship, there is more emphasis on distorted thinking, ‘Schemas’ and how we behave, working in the ‘Here and now.’ Beck et al (1979) did stress the importance of empathy and genuineness, but it is not believed to be sufficient to provide therapeutic change. Regardless of Beck’s opinion, Roger believed (1957) in his proposal of the six necessary and