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Analyse A personal counselling session Counselling Skills 1

Counselling sessions can help us work through a range of personal issues from everyday hardships to potentially life threatening situations. In this reflective essay I propose to put theory to practice by analysing and reflecting upon a one hour session with a professional counsellor. The session is to be recorded so I can refer to particular instances during the session.
By discussing this particular experience in detail, I can begin to understand the specific skills a counsellor may use in many different situations in order to help others (Egan, 2007, p. 13). In this reflective…show more content…

This seemed to be my main focus during the session as I kept reverting back to these problems and she allowed be to do so freely. Here is a word-for-word account during a section of the session, where I was primarily focused on relationship issues. I think it’s important to note the subtle questioning and silence techniques involved and the way the counsellor used these skills to promote further talking and clarification (Clarke, 1998, p. 166). The techniques she used could also help progressively build the client-practitioner relationship so I can feel more disclosure in later sessions (Gabriel, 2005, p.20).

Counsellor - “so how long have you been with your new girlfriend?”
Me- “Um probably about 8 weeks”
Counsellor - “oh that’s great news” (The counsellor then waited silently for my reply)
Me – “Yes, but I’m worried about when my ex-wife returns to the country. I have a large social group but lots of people are still friends with her. I just don’t want it to hurt the new girlfriend as it would be unfair on her.”
Counsellor - “oh, I imagine that would be very hard to cope with. It seems that you must like the new girl quite a lot if you’re worried about seeming unfair towards her.”
Me – “Yeah I do. She’s lovely and has been really caring and supportive towards me, which is

The content of the analysis will be based on the specific guidelines or questions given with the assessment information. For example, you may be asked to identify and evaluate:

  • The counsellor’s communication skills, e.g. opening a session and building rapport
  • The counsellor’s adherence to professional requirements, e.g. explaining  their position on confidentiality and record keeping to the client
  • Their application of certain techniques, e.g. the use of counselling therapies discussed in the unit you are studying

You might also be asked to reflect on areas for improvement and future development. You might also need to transcribe parts of the dialogue to give as examples. This is called giving a verbatim example. In all cases, you must use the theory from the unit you are studying as the basis of your discussion and analysis of the counsellor's skills. Each assignment has unique requirements, so always check the assignment instructions and marking criteria.

An evaluation or analysis of a counselling session is a type of essay. Therefore, if should have an introduction, a series of body paragraphs, a conclusion, and a reference list. Eaach body paragraph should explore one main idea and have a good balance of description, analysis and links to literature and theory. More information about writing essays can be found here.

Try to avoid writing in an overly emotive or subjective way. Even though you are expressing your own analysis, you must convey this information in a professional style. Here are some examples of sentences that have been rewritten more professionally.

  • The client complained that her kids were really naughty --> The client stated that her children were not well behaved.
  • Even though the counsellor seemed unsure about digging deeper, her questioning was good. --> Even though the counsellor seemed apprehensive about probing, her questionning was appropriate.


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