3 Stage Helping Process

RCC Stage 1 Describe the 3 stage Counselling model
Gerry McLoughlin
Learning outcome 2
There are 3 Core Conditions and the first Empathy; is when the Counsellor attempts to understand the client and how they are feeling and places themselves in the clients shoes looking at the clients life and issues from their perspective. This enables the counsellor to see the client’s views and beliefs from their perspective and establish where the client presently thinks they are in relation to their issues.
Being Congruent with the client refers to the attitude and behaviour the counsellor shows the client. The counsellor should ideally be at ease and comfortable with themselves; be honest and genuine and show respect for the client. As this will show the client that they (counsellor) are being sincere and trusting.
Having unconditional positive regard for the client means the counsellor has to manage their own values and beliefs; Be aware of their own feelings but not necessarily express them and show the client that they are important, worthwhile, valuable and unique and accepting the client for what they are no matter what they say throughout the helping process.
Core conditions are the foundations of the Person centred approach. This is based on the theories of Dr. Karl Rodgers and is when one person (counsellor) helps another by believing in their (client) potential and ability to make the right choices for themselves They also assist in comforting them, making them feel safe and supporting them (client) creating a warm and trusting relationship resulting in a positive outcome. The Core Conditions are also instrumental in the success of the therapeutic relationship and when they are professionally applied along with adhering to the ethics of counselling; going through the stages of this helping process results in a positive and successful therapeutic relationship.
The 3 stage model is a structured way of working with another person to help them cope more effectively...