Emotionally Focused Couples Case

Emotionally Focused Couples Case

EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED COUPLES CASE 5

EmotionallyFocused Couples Case

EmotionallyFocused Couples

Theinterview provides important insights about the characteristics ofinterview phases. The review about these characteristics will showtheir importance in the interview and how counselors can learn fromthem. One of the characteristics is the optimal use of verbal andnon-verbal skills. In this interview, the counselor, Susan Johnsonasks clear questions at the right time, and for the intendedobjective. She further gives the two respondents the time to answerbefore asking another question. In addition, she excellently usesnon-verbal cues like short and long nodding of the head and carefullyuses her hands to point to each of the respondents to signify theturn to speak. More importantly, she uses careful eye contact whiletalking to the two respondents. This allows her to connect with theemotions of the respondent and show them her attention and keennessto listenAtthe same time, Susan effectively uses both open and closed endedquestions while engaging the two clients. For instance, when Joshexplains about his intentions on supporting Patty, Susan asks Patty,“Can you hear him when he says&nbspthat?” and expects her toanswer yes, which she does (Johnson,2009, 17.00).The strategy is effective because it allows Susan to create anunderstanding between the two clients and acts as a confirmation thatthey are involved in the conversation. It also affirms what the otheris saying, which creates a sense of agreement. It is effective,because soon after, Patty explains how she feels sorry for Josh,which is agreeable to Josh as he joins to explain the hard part ofher response (Johnson,2009, 18.10).I would not change either of the questions used.Thereflection techniques used by Susan are effective in assisting Joshand Patty to reflect on their own experiences and the situation theyare facing. Susan takes time to reflect on the facts provided by Joshabout the time he used to knock on the door to ask Patty what washappening (Johnson,2009, 19.15).Susan interrupts him, and takes a lengthy talk with Josh and reflectson the response by talking as if she was Josh (Johnson,2009, 19.35).This gives an effective way of suggesting to Josh the things heshould be reflecting about. In addition, Susan uses silence to giveboth Josh and Patty the opportunity to reflect on their issues andfacts, but intervenes in order to keep them in line with theconversation.Thethree stages of the interview are applicable in the interview bySusan. The exploration stage starts from the beginning of theinterview to around the first few minutes. This gives Susan theopportunity to learn the information about the couple and later usethe information in the clarification stage. The clarification stagegives Susan and the couple a chance to give facts that define thesituation that they are having. For instance, when Susan is askinghow Patty felt vulnerable about opening for Josh, she asks, “Andsomehow you&nbspfeel very vulnerable, yeah” (Johnson,2009, 7.30).The action stage reaches when Susan starts assisting the couple toidentify the actions they need to take after the reflections on theirsituation.Inthis interview, there was no any instance of counselorself-disclosure. This is because Susan did not disclose anyinformation about herself or share any personal experience in orderto connect to the couple she was interviewing. A counselorself-disclosure is a situation where a counselor or a therapistshares his or her own personal experiences in order to improve theemotional state of a client (McLeod,2011).However, she uses the strategy of reflecting on their issues andusing first person in such reflection, as a way of helping themconnect with their situation.Toencourage Patty and Josh to self-disclose, Susan used autosuggestions in the form of pen ended questions and directsuggestions. Susan uses questions that are intended to make theresponding couple to disclose more information about their situation.In addition, the direct suggestions are meant to direct therespondent to agree with what she is saying and so give moreinformation. If I was handling the couple, I would use counselorself-disclosure to connect with the couple in a way that will makethem disclose more information. I would also question intended toinvoke the couple’s thoughts such as what they think, what theysuggest and what they plan. However, Susan’s methods were effectiveas the interview went on well.Theoverall interview structure was good and appropriate for the couple.The way the introduction, the interview and the conclusion wereplanned and set was appropriate for the couple. I think the counselorwas effective in connecting with the couple and gave them a goodopportunity to reflect on their situations. The environment createdby Susan was warm and relaxed, which encouraged the couple to explainmore and disclose more information easily. At the same time, Susanwas effectively inviting for the couple. She was able to create awarm environment where they all engaged in the conversation. Byhaving a warm, informal interview environment and structure, Susaneffectively carries out the interview session to the couple. ReferencesJohnson,S. (2009).EmotionallyFocused Couples Therapy, Retrieved,From,&lthttp://search.alexanderstreet.com.contentproxy.phoenix.edu/view/work/1824849&gtSeptember 27, 2015

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