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An emerging problem description

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Gaya and Sophie “An emerging problem description” Scenario Background Sophie is 27 years old, married with two young children. A year ago, her husband had a routine surgery that went wrong and he has been unable to work since that time. Sophie has had to step into the primary breadwinner role. She is feeling overwhelmed, worried about finances, taking care of the children and her husband, and is sleeping poorly. Video Introduction Watch this segment of a first segment with Gaya as counselor with her client Sophie. It begins with Sophie seeking clarification about limits to confidentiality. Jot down the key words that Sophie then uses to describe the problem that brings her for counselling. What questions does Gaya use to help Sophie expand this description? How does the “plot thicken” in the sense of the description becoming more complex and multifaceted? What aspects of the counselor's practice might you have done similarly/differently? Video Analysis The picture of the problem is an ever evolving thing There are always more angles, more nuance, to draw forth. There is a time when it feels too early to get proactive because the picture is insufficiently clear; and there is a time when it begins to feel as though—though never complete—the picture is adequately filled in to move forward. In this exchange, Gaya intermittently acknowledges Sophie's challenges while inviting her to continue to add “brush strokes” to the emerging picture.

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