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Discussing Counselling Theory

"Carla" is a 30-year-old therapist who is working at an outpatient clinic. Carla's client, "Annie" is a 6 year old who is presenting for therapy with her mother. Annie lives with her mother, "Betty," and Annie is an only child. Annie's parent's divorced approximately 11 months ago and Annie spends every weekend with her father. Betty is not presently dating and works part time to help support Annie financially. Betty breast-fed Annie until the age of 4 and shares that this is an important part of "attachment parenting."

Marie's mother states the following:
"Every morning when I drop Annie off for school she screams, cries and tantrums. Annie refuses to go into the building and it takes two security guards to get her to her classroom. Once in class she is fine but I don't think her attachment to me is healthy and I don't think her behavior is normal. Her father and I divorced last year so maybe that has something to do with her behavior, but she still sees her father on weekends and she does not act this way when she leaves me to go to his house."

Annie states, "I miss Mommy too much and I want to stay home with her all day long. I know I should go to school but I don't want to leave Mommy. I like my teacher but I would rather stay home."

Please identify how the counseling theory studied to the case of "Annie." Please cite at least 2 professional & peer reviewed journals in APA format as well. Include your reaction to this case, put in 3rd person.

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Please identify how the counseling theory studied to the case of "Annie."

There are actually a couple of formal approaches that can be taken as "Annie's" and "Betty's" therapist. It appears that there would be a blending of techniques in handling this case.

In Client Centered (Rogerian) counseling, the counselor provides the growth-promoting climate and the client is then free and able to discover and grow as he/she wants and needs to. Prevailing characteristics of the session are active listening, empathy, acceptance (unconditional positive regard) and genuineness.

In recognizing Holistic Health (Biopsychosocial approach), the counselor asserts that the client has physical, intellectual, social, emotional, vocational and spiritual needs. The neglect, by the client, of which reduces the ability of one to withstand the effects of stress. The client may live in socio-economic ...

Solution Summary

Counseling theories are discussed. The outpatient clinics of working are examined.