Counselling in a Diverse Society

A White 43 year old female was attending for a one off 30 minute counselling session. This session was taking place in a dedicated room in a college setting. The client arrived for counselling in what seemed to be an anxious and preoccupied state.
Although this session was being recorded for the purpose of assessment by my fellow peers and tutors, providing some anxiety on my part. I wanted the tape to be a true reflection of my counselling ability, placing emphasis on the need to empower and be present for the client.
On this occasion I was offering the client a one off 30 minute counselling session. At the beginning of this session I opened with a contract .Which is a vital part of the process of working towards client empowerment. This begins with   a professional working contract at the beginning of that first meeting. This contract includes several key points which aim to create a solid foundation for the client. The need for this contract is to fully explain what is on offer, to fully inform the client and to enable the client to have an empowered choice. The contract is fundamental to the whole session and enhances client autonomy, which is to give the client informed choice.
In evaluation of the contracting process Bond 2000 says that ethically the contracting process serves to offer the client a sense of their own autonomy, which would include both ethical and practical issues.

“Respect for client autonomy is both explicitly and implicitly the ethical priority in the BACP code. The priority of an ethic of autonomy is indicated by explicit reference to client autonomy at key points in the code, a strong emphasis on client consent, clarity of contracting and confidentiality”
Bond T 2000

The key points covered within the opening of the session include making the client aware of time boundaries, this is to give the client an understanding of how long the session will last for, and also to enable a safe ending by being aware of the time and expressing...