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.

Identifying what is: Probing the Client's Issues

Identifying what is: Probing the Client's Issues

Identifying what is: Probing the client's issues

I just don't know what to do; I'm not even sure what's wrong, or, for that matter … who I have become.


As a counselor, you will soon come to appreciate that many of those who seek your help do so without a real clear understanding of what it is that troubles them, how this came to be, and most certainly what to do. In fact, it is not unusual to find clients who, while initially presenting a very specific concern, through the process of counseling, come to realize that the issue they presented was only a tip of a much bigger issue.

The effective counselor uses knowledge and skills which allow ...

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