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Attending Behaviour

Attending behaviour is a counselling microskill used to encourage clients to talk and show that the counsellor is interested in what’s being said. When is it used? Throughout the entire counselling interview. Particularly important in the initial stages of establishing rapport. Examples  Attentive body language (eye contact, leaning forward slightly, encouraging gestures). Eye contact ... Read More

Preventing Depression

Prevention is defined as "interventions that occur before the initial onset of a disorder to prevent the development of disorder" (Mrazek & Haggerty, 1994, p. 23).
The prevention of depression relies on reducing the risk factors for mental disorder, as well as enhancing the protective factors that promote mental health. The ... Read More

Exploring Child Abuse

There has been heightened awareness over the years of what effects domestic violence, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, street violence and catastrophic events have on children. Traumatized children experience a large range of emotions and psychological pain including anxiety, helplessness, fear, loneliness, depression, vulnerability and despair (Malchiodi, 1998). Anxiety is a common ... Read More

Therapies and Applications

Most therapists utilise an integrative approach towards counselling that combines approaches and methods from a broad range of theoretical orientations as they assist clients through the various challenges of life. To help counsellors come to a better place of integration in being able to "pick" the right approach at the right ... Read More

Many of us already know that stress is a double edge sword. Stress can be good for us when preparing us for a special or threatening event. Many will be familiar with the concept of the Fight and Flight Syndrome. When a threat is perceived, our brain and body prepares ... Read More

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