Narratives and the Counseling Style

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Essay #: 062799
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Narratives and the Counseling Style
In “Narratives of Developing Counsellors’ Preferred Theories of Counselling Storied Through Text, Metaphor, and Photographic Images," Gina Wong-Wylie explores how the cycle of self-reflection can inform counsellors’ preferred theory of counselling and its application in practice. As the author notes, aspects of an individual counsellor’s therapeutic personality can be thought to be intrinsic, but from a social psychology perspective it is also linked to a process of learning what ideas and traits are valued within a specific context, either cultural or situational. This is informed by experiential narratives, which, as Wong-Wylie writes, can include the use of metaphor and photographic images as...
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.....ir past without necessarily being overt about their revelation. Nonetheless, one of the challenges which is inherent to this process is the fact that stories are, of course, interpreted in a number of different ways. Nonetheless, the process of self-reflection that can accompany these revelations can help to inform their meaning, both for the counsellor and for the client. Because psychology is always embedded in social interactions, the interaction between the counsellor and the client is a key factor in the success of the use of narrative inquiry. This means that, as Wong-Wylie points out, there is a necessity in developing this process further through additional research so that it might be applied in counsellor training and in practice.