About the frames of counseling

Previously I wrote about how the psychologist helps. However I have not mentioned anything about the frames of such a counseling session and how one should imagine such situation.

We have got to the point that seeing a psychologist does not necessarily mean laying on a sofa. The psychologist and his client meet at a neutral place, mostly at the psychologist’s clinic and usually they sit on the two sides of a small table halfway against each other. The process starts with the first interview, which is practically the encounter when the psychologist tries to “feel” how the client “operates”. He tries to catch those moments when the dynamics of their relation come to life and the client tells the counselor what kind of help he needs (this is not necessarily the same problem the client comes with). Later on comes the identification and the diagnosis of the problem, the psychologist sets hypothesis and tries to find evidence (in some cases he uses tests). Based on this together with the client they set a goal to which they both can commit. After this they start the common work to reach this goal usually in 50- minute sessions on a weekly base. The first interview might be longer (90 minutes) depending on the psychologist.

Psychological counseling is a special, offset type of communication which focuses on the client, the client’s personality and problems. The psychologist de-emphasizes his ego while giving space to the client’s. Basically he “runs” the problem through his soul so that he could help the patient to better understand it and to make it more conscious. This requires objectivity from the psychologist and distance from his own thoughts and beliefs. This is not a personal but a professional relationship: the psychologist and his clients ally to solve one certain problem.

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