By Marie Diaz-Cervo
Carl Roger’s concept shows the therapist reflects and restating what the client said, for example, Karen said ” she feels hopeless, finds no enjoyment in life and is having thoughts of suicide.” The therapist would say ” It sounds like you are not happy and you feel like ending your life.” Karen will hear what the therapist said and she can learn to care for herself and know that things will get better. Also, Carl Roger’s concept of empathy is the therapist show care, respect and he or she does not judge Karen. The therapist will also show acceptance and self-regard for her.
The Four D of maladaptive behavior is deviance which is an abnormal behavior such as the person spent several hours a day aligning up cups in order which is an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Although Karen did not display this behavior, she exhibits the second on which is Distress when she said that she felt hopeless and she felt down all the time. She also shows dysfunction because she does not find fun in talking with others. She also has the fourth maladaptive behavior which is a danger, Karen had thought of killing herself.
The psychotherapist believe in Karen can trust and she will get the right treatment because psychotherapy is better than no treatment. The therapist is good and the outcome is very beneficial. Modern clinicians know a hundred styles of therapeutic practices and used them based on the problem. Karen will receive a humanistic style which applies some psychodynamic elements of exploration: however, if Karen shows social anxiety the clinician will implement the cognitive-behavioral approach.
The intake interview would be the best approach for Karen because she would be comfortable and the clinical psychologist will ask simple questions about her mental health. Another way is a semi-structured interview which the psychologist as a set question which deals with her issues but in a calm setting. The question can be about family, employment and health habits. At that time the mood and the way Karen communicate would help the psychologist to come with the best treatment for her. “Clinicians will note the client’s general appearance and behavior, communication style, and mood. The semi-structured interview allows students to become familiar with specific language and diagnoses, and to learn interview skills.” Mossler, Getzfeld, (2016).
As a mental health professional, I would listen with care and rephrase what Karen told me during the session. I would trust her to know that she knows she will get better. My ethical duties would be to not discuss Karen’s issues with no one outside of the office. I would need to respect and truly hear her concern. I can not judge her or dismiss what she communicate with me during the sessions. ” Clients can solve problems on their own. It is the job of the therapist to be nondirective and to provide a warm environment where clients can learn to value and trust themselves.” Mossler, Getzfeld, (2016).
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