Counsellors in Health Settings by Kim Etherington

By Kim Etherington

Concentrating on the reports of counselors themselves, this ebook is a entire source for counselors operating in heath contexts and for the healthiness pros who paintings with them, and will tackle counseling roles. The members, who contain consumers, overall healthiness care staff, psychiatrists and lecturers in addition to counselors, express how counseling can and will shape an essential component of a patient's healthiness care, explaining key theoretical concerns and suitable examine and utilising those to feedback for sturdy perform. additionally they speak about the desires of counselors themselves (for instance for supervision and help) and the range of roles that counselors and healthiness care staff are anticipated to meet. This booklet will tell and enhance the paintings of execs in quite a number overall healthiness care contexts together with these operating with sufferers who've melanoma, HIV and AIDS or who're having therapy for infertility; and within the fields of younger people's sexual wellbeing and fitness and palliative care.

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38 / COUNSELLORS IN HEALTH SETTINGS The search for meaning What fascinated me about my work with cancer clients was their explanations, their search for meaning, their desire to make sense of it all. Rarely did they have the standard set of risk factors for their particular cancer; almost without exception they were convinced that what lay at the root of their disease was some chronic stress, some feeling of being trapped – looking after an elderly relative or a disabled child; stifled by an unhappy marriage; choked in a dead-end job, or made redundant after years of loyal service.

You will become aware of our very different ways of working, both through the content of our case studies and in our writing styles. We view our differences to be of positive benefit to this service and our clients. Following initial assessment, our differences mean that we can respond appropriately to the client’s unique needs. Background to the service The Palliative Care Counselling Service is funded by Salford Community Health Care NHS Trust. This service commenced in 1994, using Health Improvement Programme money to employ two full-time counsellors to develop a community-based counselling service providing emotional and psychological support to patients with potentially life-threatening or terminal illness and those directly involved in their care.

He had an unexpected dry sense of humour and was not above playing mild practical jokes on his more pompous friends. ’ For the remainder of the session we explored how he might use the intervening days to be with his family and what strategies he could use to prepare for theatre and the post-operative period. He contacted me one month later for a follow-up session. He realised that he had been ‘spinning like a top and falling out of control’ because of the shock of the diagnosis. He felt that he entered the hospital almost at peace, apart from ‘usual pre-op nerves’.

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