Roger, at age 33, is extremely inhibited. He finally seeks out therapy because he is in so much pain over his fears of talking to others or being in public.

Decide which of the approaches we have studied during the term would be the best choice to use for each case. There is no one “right technique” for the cases, and in some cases you might want to employ several techniques. The purpose of this assignment is to stimulate your thinking in applying the theories and techniques you have studied to specific cases.

For the case you are assigned select counseling model that you think is most appropriate for this case.

  1. Discuss why you chose this model.
  2. Identify and discuss several techniques you would use from this approach.
  3. Model and techniques need to be specifically referenced from the text.


The textbook needs to be referenced to support observations in assignment and response–

To see the rubric for this assignment see Assignments and Grading.

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Counselors Choice Answer this question:
Client #1 1. Roger, at age 33, is extremely inhibited. He finally seeks out therapy because he is in so much pain over his fears of talking to others or being in public. Roger is very nonverbal and gives only skimpy details; he obviously wants direction and help in conquering his severe inhibitions. During the initial interview he appears extremely uncomfortable and strains whenever he is expected to talk.
Client #2 2. Jim is a 40-year-old engineer who says he has gone to many encounter groups and has had a good deal of therapy. He says: “In spite of all this group stuff and head shrinking, I still don’t seem to be able to get past the insight level. I see a lot of things I didn’t see before, and I understand more why I’m the way I am, but I still don’t seem to be able to use what I know to make changes in my life. I’m still troubled by the same old hang-ups, and so far I haven’t been able to do much about resolving them.”
Client #3 3. An adolescent girl is having extreme difficulty coping with stress and the demands of school. Penny has many fears of failing, of not being liked by other students, and of being seen as “different,’ and she suffers from headaches and physical tenseness. She says she would like to lead a “normal life” and be able to go to school and function adequately. She is afraid that unless she can deal with these stresses, she will “go crazy.”
Client#4 4. A married couple, Diane and Scott, present themselves for marriage counseling. Scott did not particularly want to come in, but he is willing to give things a try. He basically feels that life is fine, the marriage is all right, and there are no major problems with their children. In short, he likes his life, except he wishes that she could be more at peace and that she would stop bugging him! Diane feels pretty discouraged about life. Her kids do not appreciate her, and surely her husband does not recognize or appreciate her. She feels that she has to be both the mother and the father at home, that she has to make all the decisions, and that Scott will not listen to her. She wants to feel heard by him.
Client#5 5. Fran is returning to college now that her children are in high school. She says: “I feel as if I don’t know who I am anymore. At one time I knew what my purpose was, and now I just feel confused (and scared) most of the time. I like going to college and doing something for myself, and at the same time I feel guilty. I ask myself what I’m trying to prove. The most recurring feeling I have is that it’s wrong for me to be enjoying college and doing this just for me.”
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