Counselling Skills for Becoming a Wiser Practitioner: Tools, by Tony Evans, Christiane Sanderson

By Tony Evans, Christiane Sanderson

Conveying the truth of the counselling room, this ebook presents important suggestions and methods to permit practitioners to enhance and refine their skills.

on the middle of this ebook is the belief of 'situated action'. by way of this we suggest postponing only highbrow schools and exploring a special form of intelligence - one formed within the genuine global - in essence what occurs to thought while it meets actual existence. This booklet bargains thirty 4 abilities to accomplish this sort of perform knowledge which comprise a mix of mirrored image, purchaser tales, costs and images.

this article is going to translate conception into perform for college kids and be a resource of concept and mirrored image for the skilled practitioner.

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Water is the best metaphor to use here as the content is always fluid, changing, unpredictable and energised. If rigid models-led practice is best symbolised by ice (water that is frozen, static, measureable and predictable); situated action is best symbolised by living, moving water that responds, changes and flows over time – it never stays the same. It follows therefore that the underpinning philosophies of models-led versus situated action are fundamentally different: to really inhabit what follows it is important to take a moment to ponder on the different philosophical platforms upon which the two approaches sit.

Stay interested and curious as the journey begins with each new client – not closed in by our own self-doubt, apprehension or uncertainty. The therapy process is like an adventure and as with every adventure there will be unexpected twists and turns. To hang on to a models-led approach seems like hanging on to a security blanket, as if this will keep 59 60 COUNSELLING SKILLS FOR BECOMING A WISER PRACTITIONER everything neat and predictable. I know I felt that way at the beginning of my career as though following a models-led approach seemed less likely to let the client down (or to make me look foolish).

Maybe they will think less of me’, ‘It’s too hard’, ‘It’s too difficult’, ‘Easier to stay here with the devil you know’. Like a gloomy, frightened elf it will sit on your shoulder and nag at you to stay safe, convince you that you can’t cope, that others won’t like you, paint mental pictures in hideous detail about what will definitely go so awfully, terribly wrong. It can paralyse you and shrink your life if you let it. For us there is only one way to manage your anxiety so that it does not run out of control like a cart down a hill.

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