Reflections of the Celestial Body called – Earth
I thought you did a great job. I am about to undertake a level 3
counselling skills course and I often worry about the silence and trying to
keep the client leading the session.
Thanks to everyone for your advice. I believe everyone is right about the
notes. This is a basic beginers class. I hope to get better and more
comfortable as time goes one. Hopefully things will seem more real when I
know there is no cam on me and I’m not being graded. I loved this class, I
had a blast.
@casey8182 lol @ good pick up about ‘pain in the neck’
You did a good job by offering other alternatives (i.e.
cognitions/perspectives)….also you had great listening skills
(paraphrasing and summarizing) . Be mindful that it is ok to have the
client assist you with this task….a phrase I like to use is….”so what i
Note taking? A Counsellor does not take notes, I would not feel comfortable
with that. Maybe you have got the profession confused.
Not sure why everyone is so certain note taking is a no no. I’ve been
taught different, I’ve been taught it’s ok to take some notes if you feel
Never say,,, ‘is that what you are trying to tell me’? It implies the
client is not communicating well. It is better to say,,, ‘am i right in
believing……’ Note also this way you are reflecting with an interest in
You did well. I know how nervous it made me the first time I had to do the
role-play and still does now! In the UK, we’re not allowed to take notes in
the session but write notes after the person as left! It’s taught different
everywhere you go I suppose.
WELL DONE YOU! SAME HAPPENS TO ME ON MY OWN WITH A CLIENT AM GREAT DURING
MOCK THERAPY, BUT ONCE D CAM STARTS ROLLING AM A BIG MESS…. I HOPE TO GET
BETTER SOON, DOING MY MASTERS TO BE A CBT THERAPIST
I’m a counselor and I always take notes. I look back on what the client
said, and do research if needed. I want the client to know how important
their thoughts and words are. I also encourage my clients to take
notes…to look back on what they said and over time, see their own growth.
What’s wrong with note taking???
I do believe taking down notes while counseling is Ok if the client allows
so. On the other hand it will show to the client that he counselor is
serious about helping him. It will enable the counselor to review on the
important issues when the session is over as well as preparing for the next
session. It is sometime difficult to rely solely on memory.
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