Counselling Relationship, Focusing On the Different Social, Economic, Culture, and Sexual Contexts Name
Institution of Affiliation
Counselling Relationship, Focusing On the Different Social, Economic, Culture, and Sexual Contexts
The counsellor and client relationship is critical in supporting patients to deal with any issues they have in their life. The client, however, approaches the counsellor from a vulnerable position, noting that the client must trust the counsellors’ knowledge, skill and ability to utilise them. This creates a power differential which if unfettered can be abused to the detriment of the client. Counselling psychology is based on the ability of the client and counsellor to create a relationship. The relationship in a perfect situation should be balanced. However, this scenario is not the norm, the client is in most instances in a position of vulnerability there are power dynamics at play in any relationship. This is more pronounced in a counselling relationship.
The paper, therefore, considers the issues of power within the counselling relationship. The paper will examine the different social, economic, culture, and sexual contexts in which counsellor and client meet. The paper will apply a case study paradigm to the question at hand. The paper will attempt to determine how power affects counselling and how it can be manipulated to best serve the client’s interests. Th...