Advanced Counselling Skills

Advanced Counselling Skills.

1. Understand the process of a series of counselling sessions.
1.1 - Identify the stages of a series of counselling sessions
During each counselling session there should be a beginning, middle and end. All are important in their own ways, as valuable as one another and there are reasons for each.
A beginning is the first stage of rapport building, it is to welcome the client, introduce you to one another. Complete safety, i.e, fire exits, medication, next of kin. It is a chance for the client to find out more about what is on offer and about the counsellor, who he/she is. For example, the client may want to know what type of theory the counsellor offers. Or simple things such as a little more about the counsellor, how long he/she have been doing counselling? Will it be the same counsellor each time the client comes? For a client who is new to counselling there may be lots of questions they need answering and this is all part of building that rapport with the client.
During the beginning of the first session a contract will be put in place by both counsellor and client. A contract should cover some of the following:
• What is on offer (which type of theory)
• Limitations – All though counselling is confidential there are certain limitation, such as, Child protection, Serious harm to self or others, trafficking, or may even be the policies of where you are working, i.e. a school
• Dates and times of therapy sessions – how long is a session, how often, lateness and running over in any circumstance, etc…
• Ethical boundaries in line with professional code – BACP
• Cancellation policy
• Fees
• Referrals and counsellors supervision
• Relationship being strictly professional – friendships, gifts, etc
• How and when the therapist and client can be contacted

The middle stage of a counselling session can come at all different times and is different for each individual. Some people can get to the middle quiet...