Overall Experience of the Mock Sessions

OverallExperience of the Mock Sessions

OverallExperience of the Mock Sessions

Forthis session, there will be an important role of having a changetalk, setting goals and establishing an action plan, which isinfluenced by both the client and I. The experience analysis will beimportant, especially during the part whereby Ias Andrea Norris play the role of a counselor to the Client, NatalieBjorkland.&nbspInthis sense, there are a number of issues that needed to beconsideredto ensure that the counseling and motivational interviewwas able to achieve the intended results. The involvement of theseskills would ensure that the talks are directed towards the rightdirection, and they enable the implementation of proper andappropriate changes.

SpecificIssues to be handled for the Client

Thespecific issues that the client would like to be addressed in thisscenario are the need to treat addiction. To achieve this purpose, Irealized that I was able to make use of certain skills that ensuredthat this purpose was met (Motschnig&amp Nykl, 2014).They mainly included the ability to build a relationship with theclient from the initial stages of the interview. This was madepossible with dialogue.


Inthis regard, the main problems that will need to be solved includethe fact that the client wants to be helped out from her addiction.Therefore, the client aims at being able to live a life where she isno longer dependent on alcohol and can control the activities relatedto this habit. This will be appropriately identified through thelistening skills. I managed to achieve this by paraphrasing thecontent that was being offered by the client. The ability toempathize with the client also made it possible to connect with herneeds and identify the areas that need solutions.


Thequestions that I asked the client from the beginning of the interviewmade it possible for me to understand the happenings in their livesand the things that mattered to them most. With this, I identifiedthe areas of need and worked towards the provision of a workablesolution for the client. I was also able to learn the differentissues that needed to be addressed throughout the session through theability to apply several skills needed in counseling and motivation.For instance, the ability to end up with a successful session wassimplified by my ability to use some core relational skills thatshould be applied. We acquired much detail regarding what the clientwanted to be achieved through the expression of empathy, genuinenessand the ability to display unconditional positive regard.

PossibleAction Options

Toachieve the expectations of the client, some of the options towardspossible change were realized by proper communication skills with theclient. This means that the change that is desired can be achievedthrough the ability to understand the client in a better way byasking open-ended questions. Such questions offered the client theopportunity to offer a lot of details and information on the areasbeing probed. As a result, it created a better understanding betweenthe client and me hence, the ability to work together to achieve thedesirable change.


However,the process is likely to encounter a number of challenges that willact as barriers towards the accomplishment of the project. Mostlikely, it is probable that in the course of the changeimplementation process, there will be a great need for anunderstanding between the counselor and the client. The ability towork together makes it possible for the counselor to understand thesituation of the client. On the other hand, the client also gets theideas being provided by the counselor (Motschnig&amp Nykl, 2014).In this case, I realized that most of these challenges came about dueto my inability to apply a number of the appropriate skills. Forexample, there were instances when the client seemed not to be openup to communication.

Readinessof the Client to Commit to Change Action

Sheseemed defiant towards the questions that I asked and even portrayeda certain level of difficulty to respond some of the questions asked.I realized that at such points, the client was not able to get theconnection with me. It was contributed mainly by the inability toprovide an affirmation to the information that she provided. I wasalso not able to take part in reflective listening by understandingand evaluating what the client said. In addition, the inability tomake summaries of the information that was provided created a barrierwhile trying to get the main points. With this, I had a tendency ofrepeating some of the things that were not said nor meant by theclient.

Inthis case, the client is so much focused on their presented goals.This makes it clear that there is a lot of readiness towards change.It is revealed by the readiness to take up the varied suggestionsthat are being offered in preparing to commit to the desired action.As the counselor, I was aware of the fact that I was only required toguide the client through the session of recovery and not to come upwith solutions (Motschnig&amp Nykl, 2014).From this, I can consider the session or experience a success becausewe both had a constructive session where I only issued the possiblesolutions that were later taken up by the client.


Motschnig,R., &ampNykl, L. (2014).&nbspPerson-CentredCommunication: Theory, Skills,And Practice.Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education.