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Running head: Interviewing and counselling Mock Counseling Session
University of Central Florida 1 Running head: Interviewing and counselling 2 Abstract The first counseling session with a new client I will spend majority of time getting to
know my client and reasons he/she is seeking treatment. First step gathering all the information
such as background on personal history, family background, current symptoms and or struggles
are present, personal interest or goals. The most important and crucial part of the first counseling
session is the relationship that is built with the client, the ultimate steps for this connection is also
very essential. A mock interview was performed with a mock client who is 31 year old female
former college student, current marital status married with two children age of 11 and 13. Client
states her oldest son at the age of two was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and in 2014 was
diagnosed with CPVT - Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia along with
SCID- Severe Combined Immunodeficiency. Client?s states a month after son?s surgery she
started to get anxiety attacks and about seven month ago was diagnosed with anxiety by her
Primary Physician and prescribed Xanax 0.5mg a day. Client seeks to find an alternative way of
dealing with her anxiety informs of therapy. A mock trial was presented for interviewing and
counseling course, in order to gain skills in real life mental health counseling scenarios
Keywords: Anxiety Disorder Running head: Interviewing and counselling 3 Background There is broad misconception of psychology and mental health. Mental health is not
any form of dieses or illness, it is our emotional wellbeing. Our Past experiences contributes our
thoughts and the way we think sometimes .What makes us stronger, what make us weak, what
can we do to minimize the distress in our lives? Psychotherapy has come such long way, there
are so many different theories, and different ways to approach therapy psychoanalytic/
psychodynamic theory, existential theory, person-centered theory, Gestalt theory, cognitivebehavioral theory, feminist theory and the list goes on. The greatest counselors are the ones who
truly inspire others to seek more out of life, the ones who help us to remember our dreams, and
the ones who touch our hearts with a phenomenal ability to see beauty in all things. They inspire
others to new heights because of their ability to assist them in seeking, and ultimately believing,
that each person in the home will indeed discover ultimately his or her own personal dreams
(John Sommers Flanagan & Rita Sommers-Flanagan, 2012, p.68) Overview of Mock Interview Prior to the meeting with the client, I sent out questioner so I can gain more
information with whom about to meet. With doing so I was able to prepare myself better.
Knowing client background and family history or in my client case her son?s medical condition Running head: Interviewing and counselling 4 allowed me to do further research on his condition and it allowed me to be more in tuned. Before
her arrival I made sure to make the room as comfortable as it can be. I made sure to let the client
know that this is just an intake session where I will be getting to know her as well as her getting
to know me. I made sure to let my client know this was for educational purposes all information
that comes up in this session is confidential, no names will be disclosed. At my client arrival I
greeted her with a smile, and welcomed her to the therapy room I had set up for her. As we began
our session I made sure to synchronize to her feelings, and connecting with her thru facial
expressions and body language. I followed set of clinical diagnostic questions that was provided
in this course outline by Dr. W. Steven Saunders, however I let the client lead the conversation.
After asking her set of questions I learned that my client?s anxiety is caused following traumatic
stress in her life. My client who is 30 years old married with two children both boys age 13 and
11 and attend 7th grade and 5th grade. Her oldest son was diagnose with type 1 diabetes at the
age of 2 in 2006 and CPVT in 2014 he has an implanted s-cid. CPVT- Catecholaminergic
polymorphic ventricular tachycardia is a condition characterized by an abnormal heart rhythm
(arrhythmia). As the heart rate increases in response to physical activity or emotional stress, it
can trigger an abnormally fast and irregular heartbeat called ventricular tachycardia. Episodes of
ventricular tachycardia can cause light-headedness, dizziness, and fainting (syncope) and sudden
death.(NIH, 2016). Following her sons surgery my client started experiencing panic attacks,
tightness and pain in her chest, light head, and shortness of breath. Seven month later she was
diagnosed with anxiety by her primary doctor, and was giving a treatment with medication
Xanax 0.5mg a day, but does not take her medication every day. Her anxiety occurs whenever
she thinks of her son, she starts to fear and worry if he is ok at school. According to American
Psychiatric Association generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by chronic, Running head: Interviewing and counselling 5 excessive anxiety and worry about everyday concerns and somatic symptoms , Existing research
has focused on identifying the cognitive and somatic symptoms of GAD rather than its
behavioral features. The triggers for worry in GAD tend to be diffuse and change over time.
People with GAD worry about multiple aspects of their daily life; they fear future disasters,
uncertain situations, and worry about the worry itself ( Dugas et al., 2001;Vasey and Borkovec,
1992;Wells and Carter, 2001 ). She believes therapy will be the best choice of dealing with her
anxiety because she doesn?t want to solely depend on medication, she would rather know how to
control her anxiety. One of the things that helps her with controlling her anxiety is getting on the
phone with her husband. He helps her to calm down and they stay on the phone and practice
breathing together. She said she is extremely grateful to have such support. As I listened to my
client she was very open minded and was willing to try any different techniques to help her cope
with her anxiety. She did mentioned to me that she was hesitate about therapy but after doing her
research on the medication she takes and the possibility of being dependent on it, she realized
that this was not the right outcome for her. Medication may help ease certain symptoms, but it
comes with side effects. Furthermore, it cannot solve the ?big picture?. (Smith & Segal, 2016) Conclusion The mock interview gave me insight of counseling and therapy. It assured me my path in
my future and reminded me why I wanted to pursue this career. I know that it will take a lot
more practicing to really be good at what I?m doing or even which theory or theories would fit
me the best to practice. I also think that as future therapist is would be good thing for me to seek Running head: Interviewing and counselling 6 therapy so I can get better understanding of myself and what can I do to prevent emotional
attachment to my client. 1. Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia - Genetics Home Reference.
(2016, November 22). Retrieved November 27, 2016, from
2 Mahoney, A. J., Hobbs, M. J., Newby, J. M., Williams, A. D., Sunderland, M., &
Andrews, G. (2016). The Worry Behaviors Inventory: Assessing the behavioral avoidance
associated with generalized anxiety disorder. Journal Of Affective Disorders, 203256264. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2016.06.020 3 Sommers-Flanagan, J. (2012). "Counseling and psychotherapy theories in context and
practice: Skills, strategies, and techniques" Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. 4 Smith, M., & Segal, J. (n.d.). Finding a Therapist Who Can Help You Heal. Retrieved
November 27, 2016, from http://www.helpguide.org/articles/emotional-health/finding-atherapist-who-can-help-you-heal.htm Running head: Interviewing and counselling 7
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