from Marjorie's notebook

Steps in the Counseling Process 

1. Establish a safe, trusting environment 

2. CLARIFY: Help the person put their concern into words.

3. Active listening: find out the client's agenda 

a) paraphrase, summarize, reflect, interpret 
b) focus on feelings, not events 
4. Transform problem statements into goal statements. 

5. Explore possible approaches to goal 

6. Help person choose one way towards goal 

DEVELOP A PLAN (may involve several steps) 

7. Make a contract to fulfill the plan (or to take the next step) 

8. Summarize what has occurred, clarify, get verification 


9. Get feedback and confirmation

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