Was Len being helpful in this situation?
Yes Len was being helpful
What was he doing that fits with the core conditions?
Len is concerned that Georgie might hurt himself, so decides to look in on him on a regular basis.
Makes him a cup of tea and talks to him to calm him down.
Being aware of his personal feelings but manages to put this aside.
Realising Georgie is really scared about what is happening.
Listens and talks to him empathetically.
In what ways did his attempts at helping fit with the core conditions?
Len is being congruent by putting aside his personal feelings and being genuinely concerned about Georgie’s concerns about what is happening to him.
Len is being empathic by putting himself in Georgie’s shoes and realising Georgie is really scared about what is happening to him.
Above all else i think this piece of homework shows how hard counselling can be. In order to be a good counsellor you must genuinely like or empathise with something about that person or you wont be able to help them.
There are going to be issues that you just couldn't counsel someone over because of your personal feelings, for example one lady in my class said she would have trouble counselling someone with a history of violence against women as she had been beaten badly by a previous partner. I really cant tell what i myself would be like if that situation came up?