Four years on. History is not over, things change.

Bit of a rambling one, this. Four years ago I had a mental breakdown and I walked off into the night with the intention of killing myself. I didn’t do it, obviously, I changed my mind. I turned away from the void. Vowed to change. To become someone I’d always …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 29th November 2019

This week our tutor asked us to watch Carl Rogers have a counselling session with Gloria in the now-infamous Three Approaches to Psychotherapy from 1965 and give our feedback on it. First of all, I must say that his body language was impeccable. He was leaning forward, showing interest throughout. …

L3CiCS Learning Log – 18th October 2019

This week we looked at the three stages of the counselling relationship. There are three stages in the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client, and they apply to individual sessions as well as the counselling process as a whole. The start of a session is known as The Beginning and …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 11th October 2019

This week we looked at what we feel and think are necessary to developing an effective working relationship with clients. I think the most important one, one that Carl Rogers outlined many years ago, is a core condition of the therapeutic counselling relationship – Unconditional Positive Regard. UPR is a …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 13th June 2018

This is the last piece of work I’m going to be writing for this course, and I just wanted to record my thoughts and feelings as it all comes to an end – a conclusion of sorts. If I look back on my initial expectations of the course, they were …

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 …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 18th April 2018

This week we looked at more aspects of personal development, such as personal growth and how we feel about our developing counselling skills, as well as how we feel about giving feedback. Personal Growth Looking back on at my own journey on the course since September I have definitely learned …

L2CiCS: Workshop Reflective Diary – 10th February 2018

Today our group had a Personal Development weekend. Our first task once we had arrived and settled in was to learn about the Johari Window, and then to create a mask based on our Open Self. There were tables full of decorating materials for us to use. When I first …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 17th January 2018

This week was a bit more abstract and self-exploratory than usual, in that we carried on exploring our understanding of the relationship between our personalities and our helping work by asking ourselves various introspective questions (Unit 5.1), and we also considered the ways in which our life history has impacted …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 10th January 2018

Today we explored personal blocks to listening, which are external or internal factors that interfere with a counsellor’s ability to be present in the room and utilise active listening. One internal block to listening that I feel could be pertinent to me, especially at this early stage of my counselling …