L2CiCS: Learning Log – 23rd May 2018

This week we looked at enabling the client to identify and focus on their needs and concerns. They might not know where to start, what they want to talk about or even have the capacity to put those thoughts into words. Counsellors identify any difficulties clients have, and use the …

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L2CiCS: Learning Log – 9th May 2018

This week we talked about Confidentiality. Confidentiality is a fundamental aspect of counselling. It helps build a trusting relationship between client and counsellor, and this trusting relationship underpins the whole therapeutic process. The fact that everything said in that room stays between the counsellor and the client really allows the …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 21st March 2018

This week we looked at some mental health related agencies and examined aspects such as their company ethos, what services and therapies they offer, how much sessions cost and other interesting bits of information. I chose iTalk, as I have used them in the past. iTalk is a free service …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 14th March 2018

This week we did some roleplays concerning endings in counselling. I was counsellor first, and Phillip played the client. Charles and Emily were observers. Phillip’s problem was that he was worried that once he stopped coming to therapy, that there would be nothing stopping him reverting to old patterns of …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 7th March 2018

This week we looked at endings in counselling. It is quite a broad term and has a lot of meanings. It could concern the end of a single session or the end of a series of sessions. It could refer to endings in good ways or bad ways. It also …

L2CiCS: Homework – Counselling in the Media – 10th February 2018

This week we were given a series of questions about how counselling is portrayed in the media, in particular magazine and newspaper problem pages and TV shows such as Oprah and Jeremy Kyle. Here are the two problems from “Agony Aunts” I have chosen to look at; One from a …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 31st January 2018

This week, Sue did a presentation on Transactional Analysis; in particular Sue talked about the ego-states, what they are and how they represent us. Transactional Analysis was founded in the late 1950’s by Eric Berne, and is a therapy based on the theory that each person has three ego-states: Parent, …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 24th January 2018

This week we were asked to explore and reflect on a couple of thought exercises relating to our self-awareness. One was to think about a time you were not helped by someone from whom you expected help from. For me, this would be a couple of years ago when I …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 24th January 2018

This week we reflected on our own patterns of relating, and how that increases our self-awareness. In particular, we looked at Relationships and what they are. Taking into consideration the connotation which is relevant to our studies, relationships are, essentially, descriptors of the connection between two or more people. There …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 13th December 2017

This week Sally did a presentation on the rising level of anxiety in kids. She explained that although the level still was quite low, it was more widespread and nearly all children she came into contact with displayed anxious traits. Like Gloria’s talk last week, it was very eye-opening with …