Descriptionof the Client and Client’s Background
Theclient is a woman who has been in an abusive marriage for the pasttwo years. The client got married in a wonderful wedding thatoccurred in earlier 2010. The client lived together with her husbandwell in her earlier marriage life. However, after two years, thingsstarted changing the way she never expected. Her husband begandrinking, withdrew family support and physically assaulted her dailythus, she became traumatized. The client decided to persevere becauseshe was jobless and had already given birth to a child. The clientdecided to stay while believing that the husband will change hisdrinking habits. The client even brought spiritual leaders to prayfor his husband but things never changed. This even worsened thesituation because the husband begun to accuse the client that thosepeople did not come for spiritual purpose but they were his secretlovers. The husband began to enforce brutal punishment and inflictedheavy pain on the client. The client developed stress and traumabecause of living in an abusive marriage. Finally, the client decidedto quit her matrimonial home and sought refuge in a socialorganization, which provided not only financial support to the needypeople but also offered cancelling programs. The client is now stableafter she underwent counseling for eight months and she has now fullyrecovered from trauma.
Terminationof the Counseling Relationship with a Client
Terminationis an effective therapy, which occurs when the counselor and clientachieves the mutually agreed objectives. An effective way toterminate counseling for this client is by disassociation. The way Iwill do this is by ending my relationship with the client. I will uselanguage termination and this is by focusing on responsibility forchange on what I did with, and for the client when she wastraumatized. Language termination is an effective approach because ithelps the client to heal fully and forget the events (Vicario,Tucker, Smith, & Hudgins-Mitchell, 2013). I will disassociatemyself by making sure that my contact with the client ends. Althoughthe intervention and interaction may continue, being close can bringback memories thus, dissociation with the client is imperative.
Transitionfor this Client and Ways of Presenting Them
Transitionis an effective phase that take place when counseling proceeds welland counseling becomes successful. It is better for the counselor andthe client to have a mindset of the client transitioning.One way ofmaking successful transition is by using this therapist opportunityto discuss the strengths and skills of the client. Using thisopportunity can enable the counselor to make significant changes.Therefore, as a counselor, I will try to elicit statement from theclient that reflect the confidence in being able to make significantchanges if the client is motivated. Assisting the client in gainingskills will help her to find and develop supportive relationshipsespecially with a partner. Although the client of abusive marriagemay take long to develop intimate relationships, it is vital to helpthe client learn to integrate communication, choice, respect andtrust in intimate relationship.
Ungar(2011) argues that the counselor is not the sole agent of change butshould always a bridge toothers. I will also perform de-center duringthe transition phase. According to Underwood, Stewart and Castellanos(2007), the client is responsible for the transition to take placeand it is what the client brings in terms of resilience, change, andsocial supports. Therefore, client empowerment is an effective methodemployed for survivors of trauma because it can create significantchange. Empowering is an effective way of helping the client process,uncover an express anger. Lawson, Davis and Brandon argue thathelping the client to reframe her resentment into an emotion can helpin defining the rights and needs of the client(2013).Study revealsthat women express their anger and can overcome trauma when theyexpress their feelings to others thus, they use their anger forproductive and behavior (Ivey, D`Andrea, & Ivey, 2012).
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