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How to use the "Reflection of Feelings Technique"

Reflection of Feelings: A reflection of feeling is a helping response that accurately identifies the clients' emotions based on their verbal and nonverbal messages.

Using the simple formula, "You feel...because" to create reflection of feeling statements that accurately mirror the client's feeling.

Situation #1: "I can't believe the way the company has treated me. Firing me after 25 years of service. It is outrageous."

Situation #2: "My daughter seems so unhappy, she cries in her room for hours at a time. I just don't know how to help her, nothing I say makes any difference."

Situation #3: "My husband and I keep fighting. We argue over very minor things. I didn't really mind before, but I think it is having a big impact on the kids."

Situation #4: "I told my best friend something that was top secret. I found out yesterday that she told my worst enemy in the whole school."

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You've asked for some assistance completing four situation examples using the reflection of feelings technique, using the simple formula, "You feel...because" . As I'm sure you already know, OTAs cannot complete assignments for students, but I think I can help you get going in the right direction with this assignment. I will help you explore what the feelings might be and the why/because aspect. It will be up to you to put it together into the final reflection statement.

Situation #1: "I can't believe the way the company has treated me. Firing me after 25 years of service. It is outrageous."

Looking at this situation, put yourself in the client's shoes. How would you feel if you were fired after giving the bulk of ...

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This solution offers assistance in completing the assignment on four examples of how to use the reflection of feelings technique often used in a theraputic counselling situation.

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