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Rephrasing Exercises in Counseling

Example: Woman 42 tells you: So often I feel that I'm alone that nobody cares about me. My husband doesn't seem to notice me, my kids only demand from me, and I just dread getting up in the morning.
a. What is the person experiencing? Ignored, Unappreciated, Taken advantage of, Unloved
b. Respond by reflecting what you heard? I sense a lot of loneliness and desperation, a feeling of " What's the use of going on this way?"

1. Boy 17 tells you: "I cant stand this school anymore. It doesn't mean anything. I'm bored and frustrated, and I hate school. I feel like dropping out today, but that's stupid because I'm graduating in 2 months."
a. What is this person experiencing?
b. Respond by reflecting what you heard?

2. Girl, 14 tells you: " I feel like running away from home. My stepfather always criticizes me and he puts me on restriction for things he claims I do that i don't do. My mother doesn't ever listen to me and always sides with him. They don't trust me at all.
a. What is this person experiencing?
b. Respond by reflecting what you heard?

3. A 5th grader tells you: "None of the other kids like me. They always pick one and tease me. I try real hard to make friends but everyone hates me."
a. What is this person experiencing?
b. Responded by reflecting what you heard?

4. Man 45 tells you: I'm so preoccupied since my wife left me and that I can't think of anything but her. I keep going over in my head what I could and should have done so she would have stayed. It pisses me off that I can't get her out of my mind and go about my living!
a. What is this person experiencing?
b. Responded by reflecting what you heard?

5. Man 27 tells you: "Here I am still in college and not a damn thing to show for my life. My wife is supporting me, and I know she resents me for not getting out and getting a job before this. But you know,now I know what i want, and before I was just in school because my parents wanted me to be there."
a. What is this person experiencing?
b. Respond by reflecting what you heard?

6. Woman teacher, 33 tells you: "I have really noticed a tremendous difference since I've been coming here for counseling. I'm a lot more open with my kids, and they are really noticing a change in me and like it too! I am even able to talk to my principal without feeling like a scared little kid!"
a. What is this person experiencing?
b. Respond by reflecting what you heard?

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to reflect on statements in what I deem is a test of 'active listening' skills in counseling as well as in discourse studies. This solution is outlined as follows:

1. About Rephrasing and Reframing - 150 words
2. Use in Counselling - 100 words
3. Application to the 6 items (Phrases and reframing)

This should provide you with what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

Sincerely,
AE 105878/Xenia Jones

About Rephrasing and Reframing

In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other related treatment and interventive processes to find relief and measures in mitigating and combating psychological, behavioral and emotional issues, talking allows for subjects, individuals to 'mine' their thoughts and reflect what is in the inner mind to the outside world. Talking and giving voice to thoughts, ideas and feelings allows a person to make sense of the 'inside' and the inner turmoil of emotions so as to make decisions, to find some form of resolution or understanding. Counselors in talk therapy have to learn the skill of active listening - the act of (Salem, n.d.), "listening and responding to another person that improves mutual understanding and trust. It is an essential skill for third parties and disputants alike, as it enables the listener to receive and accurately interpret the speaker's message, and then provide an ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advice on the topic of rephrasing in counseling. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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