We have reached that stage on the course when we carry out our case study. So I’m sat in a room just me and the “client” (another participant on the course) and I go through my introduction and ask them what they’d like to talk about. And they start to talk about something that is real to them, an actual real life situation that they are having some internal conflict with. Until now every situation where I’ve practised counselling has been with the person in the client chair using a scenario they’ve just been given and normally with one or two others in the room observing the roleplay.
A whole mix of emotions and thoughts going on in me. But I have to say it was satisfying being able to just be there for the person and be part of what they are trying to address. Obviously the topic(s) discussed aren’t earth shattering deep, dark fears or the like, we’d been briefed on that. But it was still real stuff.
Now for another new situation. Next week will be our second session. I’ve never had to do a second session before ever, we’ve only ever had one off events in the roleplays. But I’m really looking forward to it, which I’m really pleased about.