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Opening Counseling Micro skills

Explain one way in which you would begin an individual counseling session after you have completed an intake with the client. Then, briefly describe at least two micro-skills covered this week that you would use in the session, and explain why. Finally, explain how these micro-skills would help you begin to build a therapeutic relationship with the client.

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Beginning Individual Counseling Sessions:

In beginning counseling sessions it is important to just ask the client questions such as what brings you here or how may I help you with your concerns. An open-ended questions allows the client to express themselves in a way where they feel like they are assisting in finding a solution to their problem. Never, start a session with a question requiring a yes or no answer. Ask the client how they feel and what makes them feel this way. Always let the client ramble because within this rambling there is a core problem that has to be discovered. Once the foci/source problem has been identified, then interventions can be suggested. Understand that many clients come in thinking that the problem is one thing and ...

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The micro skills necessary in a success opening counseling session