Counseling Techniques

  • Stephen S. Elliott

Abstract

In many respects the task of learning what to do when counseling is like learning to paint on canvas. Even when certain specific techniques are mastered, the task is not accomplished, for the focus must then turn to what it means to transcend the technique and develop the art. If this second step is not taken, the use of counseling techniques will be experienced as rigid and manipulative by the patient, and therapy will not necessarily be effective. The “cookbook” approach to counseling overlooks the unique features of the patient, the presenting problem, and the physician’s own interpersonal style or personality. Since research has not uncovered the effective match between these variables,1 the task of teaching technique is difficult at best. Counseling falls more into the arena of art than science; it is more than a collection of techniques or “how to” protocols, and the ambiguity will not disappear any time soon. Nevertheless, there are ways to proceed with some useful techniques and strategies that can be learned.

Keywords

Depression Trench Arena Tral Kelly 

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