Write 10 pages with APA style on How does Perfectionism effect the therapeutic relationship in counselling. Therefore, add my own understanding of these issues and knowledge gained as a trainee therapist, which may include experiential and anecdotal evidence rather than qualitative or quantitative data, in order to fully investigate the subject matter at hand.
This essay will begin with outlining the terms of my essay subject, most importantly the concept of therapeutic counselling. After this, I will be talking about the reasons behind my decision to use this particular word, “perfectionism”. Next, I will move on to evaluating and reviewing articles regarding my chosen subject and then I will conclude by summarising how this will have an impact on my being and also as a therapist in counselling with my clients.
My decision to explore “perfectionism” in therapeutic counselling was a deeply personal one. Choosing a subject matter for my pensive inquiry never came out as expected and did take me weeks to decide what I was drawn to. The pursuit of perfection is something that has affected me even from childhood, and as an adult has had an impact on my life. as a result not only my behaviour but also my thinking has been altered through this fixation with setting and trying to attain unobtainable goals. This has been on two levels: not only experiencing the emotional fallout of feeling failure when perfection was not achieved, but also feeling failure when the perfect method or process of achieving such goals was not met.
According to Judith Green, therapeutic counselling is the working alliance formed between you, the counsellor, and your client. This working alliance relates not only to the real physical space that the counselling takes place in, it is also framed by the temporal space which reflects the exact hour or period during which therapy occurs and the exchange of information between counsellor and client. The success of this working alliance relies on the patient being honest and truthful (Ashby, 2005)