Reflection: Therapy and Client Essays

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u10a1Final Reflection Paper

Carlos Velasco

Capella University

PSY6398 - Masters Practicum 6

Julie Baumberger | Jul 09 2012 to Sep 14 2012

September 14, 2012

Table of Contents

Abstract ...…………………………………..……………………………………………………..3
Introduction…….………………..…………………………………………………………..……4
My Strengths………….…………………..………………………………………………………4
My Challenges…………………………………………………………………………………….6
Personal/Professional Growth…………………………………………………………………….7
Looking Beyond…………………………………………………………………………………..9
In Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………….10
References………………………………………………………………………………………..11

Abstract

Reflection is the essential part of the learning process because it results in making sense of or extracting meaning from the experience (Osterman, 1990). My experience as a professional-in-training or therapist has increased my confidence over the current quarter. I feel that the extensive practice has paid off tremendously. For example, this course has taught me how to formulate a game plan when starting off my sessions. I now have goals which come with a much improved structure format than I had previously. In addition, I am able to have a much clearer perceptive of my feelings where I previously accepted thoughts as feelings. In this self-reflection, I will continue to express how my growth experiences that have sharpened my counseling skills through awareness.

Introduction

My thoughts and feelings coming into this field were mixed. I had been led to this field in counseling from constant reminder of friends saying that, “You are a great listener; you really help me with all of my problems; you made me see my problems in a whole new light; and you should become a therapist.” These statements have had an impact on me and the way my relationships have been established with friends. As far back as I could remember I had friends calling me to talk about their problems, asking me for advice, and even asking me to just listen to them talk. Not having much to say or do and not wanting anything in return. My friends would just want an ear to listen to them. However, what really brought me to this field is that I really enjoy helping people out when they feel that they are in a tight bind and need help or guidance. My thoughts and feelings have changed as a result of this experience by understanding the role of a therapist, and by the theories and technique’s associated with how to create a proper structure. In addition, another reflection I gained was how to better understand clients. I feel that I will be able to develop a focus by listening to my client and asking probing questions that allow me to better understand my client. This is important because this will allow me to try and see my client’s issues through their eyes and then help guide my client to a healthier lifestyle. The importance of developing my focus allows me to clearly handle one problem at time with my client. My Strengths I have gained insight in a number of ways through the field of psychology throughout my therapeutic practices. The role of insight in my life knows that a change needs to occur. In addition to having the ability to know when something is working and when something needs to change. This insight leads to change and I have the ability to receive feedback from my various social groups. For example, my family is very close in communication. When I do not communicate in a timely manner on a phone call or text and I am reminded by my sister; she tends to exaggerate with an “911 type of attention” Another example of change that I acquire is from friends indicating that, “I am always busy and have no time to socialize; so when are you going to come and hang out…