In order to gather information from the client, effective questioning techniques including open questions, closed questions, and minimal encouragements will be used by the counselor throughout the interview (Evans, Hearn, Uhlemann, & Ivey, 2011).
Counselor: Can you tell me about yourself?
Client: I am 40 years old, I have a boyfriend. I do not have any children and work as a nurse at a major hospital.
Counselor: What brings you here today?
Client: I am having some problems in my relationship.
Counselor: Can you tell me more about these problems?
Client: well by boyfriend has been physically abusing me.
Counselor: Go on.
Client: About a year ago, he was laid off from his construction job and couldn’t find work. He started to drink excessively on a daily basis. The verbal abuse began shortly after his drinking increased. He would degrade me, call me names, yell at me, and accuse me of cheating on him while I was at work. Then…well..he
Counselor: Uhm hmmm
Client: Well the verbal abuse quickly escalated into physical abuse. He became so violent when he was drinking. The first couple of times he apologized the next morning and promised never to do it again. But his promises only last until he starts drinking again.
Counselor: How does this make you feel?
Client: The physical abuse has gotten so bad lately that I am in fear of my life. I am so scared that the next time he gets drunk, he is going to either severely hurt me or kill me. I even had to sneak out of work today so that I could come here because I never know if he is following me. I couldn’t even imagine what he would do to me if he knew that I was going to counseling….
Demonstration of Reflecting Techniques
“Reflecting feeling involves identifying client emotions and then rephrasing this affective component back to the client. The feelings may be found in the client’s direct communication or inferred from either...