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The Stages of a Counselling Relationship. The initial contract between a person centred counsellor and their client is a start point for a working relationship a relationship between 2 people.

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Stages of counselling relationship Beginnings The initial contract between a person centred counsellor and their client is a start point for a working relationship - a relationship between 2 people. One of those people (the counsellor) has considerable more power than the other. The counsellor knows how a counselling session is likely to unfold. The counsellor has a theoretical knowledge, a framework for understanding what may be happening for the client. They have a supervisor who they can turn to for help and support. The beginnings are to establish rapport, through active listening which help nurture the counselling relationship that can withstand whatever fears, doubts and confusions that the client may have and bring into the relationship. \the client is feeling vulnerable to a greater or a lesser degree, it is the client who is taking the huge risk of disclosing himself to the counsellor, the client may not initially be able to voice his own needs and wishes clearly, if at all, he maybe feeling lost and unsure. For these reasons the initial contract between the Person centred contract and the client is not set of absolute rules set in stone nor is it necessary to discuss immediately your clients set foot in the room, particularly if your client is anxious to relay their story to you. ...read more.


The counselor's abilities to use their own intuitive self with their client are essential in this therapeutic process as are the counselor's capacity to handle their client's responses. As the client continues to experiment with new ideas in the counselling sessions as well as away from them, continue interaction with the counsellor helps to continue to define and redefine the client's progress. By collaboration focus of the counselling enables the client to learn for themselves to resolve their own fears, confusion dilemmas, and doubts so expanding their behaviour range. This emerging evidence of beneficial changes helps move the counselling relationship on to the end. Ending of the relationship The counsellor needs to prepare their client for the ending of their relationship, it is not just about sitting back and waiting for your client to make a decision to end the relationship, by doing this causes problems, for example if you did this it would ignore the power imbalance between you and your client. A client maybe waiting for the counsellor to make the first move or would probably expect the counsellor to make a decision about their progress. Also by just sitting back it again ignores the fact that you as the counsellor are part of the relationship so the counsellor's perceptions and wishes are not taken into account. ...read more.


client bring up new material in the ending stages of a session the counsellor may respond b saying "That sounds like a really big area to explore and I am very aware that we only have 10 minutes left" or they may say "I really want to respond to that but we are close to the end of the session, can we come back to that next week?" Sometimes clients can be overwhelmed with emotions, the counsellor would reassure their client that they are coming to the end of the session, and they now need t leave that subject behind for now. Usually the client with respond to this kind of prompt, but very occasionally a client may be so deeply experienced that the counsellor needs to be more proactive. If the client expressions of grief and pain are connected to their past events, clients usually maintain an aware of themselves in the presents. However occasionally this awareness recedes so far that a client may relive his/her past in the counselling session. If a client is in this state he/she will therefore take on the mannerisms of themselves at an earlier stage of their life, often as a child. If your client is in this state the counsellor must allow enough time for their client to come back from this place and back in the their present. ...read more.

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