The core text for counselor skill development, Becoming a Skilled Counselor prepares students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to be effective helpers. Authors Richard D. Parsons and Naijian Zhang explain the essentials of the counseling relationship, the dynamic and intentional nature of the helping process, the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate change and the theories and research guiding the selection and application of interventions. Uniquely focused on the process of counseling, the authors’ approach invites students to conceptualize clients using a fluid and dynamic model rather than a linear, step-by-step process. Each chapter is structured to reinforce concepts by first introducing the key constructs and empirical support, then providing application opportunities through detailed case illustrations with dialogue transcripts and guided practice exercises. The text emphasizes mindfulness, intentionality, ethics, and reflection to aid counselors in their journey of self-discovery and professional identity development.

Mrs. Ayame Hoshi: Feeling as Half of a Person

Mrs. Ayame Hoshi: Feeling as Half of a Person

Mrs. ayame hoshi: Feeling as half of a person


The Client

Mrs. Ayame Hoshi is a 57-year-old, second-generation Japanese-American woman who came to counseling following her husband's announcement that he was no longer in love with her, and was going to seek a divorce. Mrs. Hoshi was married for 35 years, has two grown children, Cho, who is married with two children of her own; and Ken, who is single and is currently a physician specializing in neurosurgery.

Mrs. Hoshi's husband is 60-years-old and is a successful plastic surgeon; up to this point, Mr. Hoshi has not given Mrs. Hoshi any evidence of being dissatisfied with their marriage. He has explained to her that he “loves her” but ...

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