Discussion Question: Comparing Three Theories
For this week’s discussion you will consider the scenario below
and respond in detail to each of the questions below. Here is the
scenario you will use:
Roberta has come to counseling because she is contemplating a
divorce from her husband of 12 years. She has been unhappy in her
marriage for several years and doesn’t think that she and her husband
can rekindle the interest necessary in their relationship to make it
work. To complicate the situation, she has been seeing a married
co-worker for several months on the sly and is sexually involved.
Roberta thinks she loves the man she is having an affair with and would
like to marry him. Though he wants to continue seeing her he has made
it clear that he is unwilling to end his marriage or break up his
family to be with her. Roberta and her husband have three young
children and she knows a divorce would be crushing to the children.
She’s come to you for counseling to sort through these issues.
1. In your opinion, which of the following counseling theories would
you prefer to use to try and help her: Person-centered, Gestalt or
Reality? Choose only one and explain your reasoning in detail.
2. Using your chosen theory from question 1, would you go about
helping her sort through her confusion? Be sure to bring in concepts
from your chosen counseling theory to show how you would specifically
work with her.
3. Roberta is looking for answers to questions she feels unable to
answer herself because she is so emotionally involved. After she tells
you her story she asks you to give your perspective and advice on what
she should do. How would you respond to this request? What potential
problems might arise if you do give her direct advice? What potential
problems might arise if you don’t give your perspective? Be specific
and detailed in your response. What would your chosen counseling
theory have to say about giving direct advice?
4. At the end of the session, Roberta is very distraught and asks if
you would be available to meet her for coffee later that day to
continue the conversation in a more casual environment. Under what
circumstances might this be appropriate, if at all? What potential
conflicts might this create? Be specific and draw upon information from
your text and lecture materials to support your points.
Clients come to us with a history.
They don't always share it with us. Humans like to be seen in the best
light and sometimes that past doesn't paint a rosy picture.
If Roberta were your client what would you ask her? What type of therapy do you think would work best with her?
Should therapists ever give "advice"? Is that what we are trained to do?
Lastly, should therapy ever take place outside of the office? Is it
ethical? Why can't therapy happen wherever the client feels
comfortable? Wouldn't that be conducive to successful treatment?
Let's have a great discussion!
Please no Plagiarism!