Counselling Older Clients by Ann Orbach

By Ann Orbach

`This is a hot, compassionate, clever booklet, the crystallization of Anne Orbach's decades event of psychotherapy and counselling with the aged humans. It opens up many vistas, questions and artistic chances for paintings during this box' - British magazine of Psychotherapy

`Counselling Older consumers is a instruction manual for practitioners, running shoes and scholar counsellors who're drawn to the event of ageing and outdated age. The e-book bargains a great starting and a sensible education software for practitioners new to the sphere' - getting old and Society

`This publication is sensible for its years! deals quite a bit to we all - not only these folks operating with the `elderly' there's something to thrill, tell and problem all people' - caliber in growing old

`…. worthy to these in counselling education, for carers operating with the older age crew and for knowledgeable counsellors who probably attracted to operating with older clients - Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal

Counselling Older consumers is a much-needed consultant for practitioners operating with older consumers in a variety of settings. Highlighting the stereotypes and prejudices which regularly exist round getting old, Ann Orbach offers useful suggestion on tips on how to advance an method of counselling that is either age-affirmative and carefully in music with the desires of older consumers.

The publication explores the problems which individuals normally adventure as they grow older and during examples, indicates how client's may be helped in components akin to:

} adjusting to retirement

} the lack of a partner

} coming to phrases with growing old.

Examining various tools of operating with older consumers, together with short and open-ended contracts and using tales to facilitate the healing approach, Counselling Older consumers is valuable examining for counsellors and different execs operating with older humans.

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In trying to sift through a babel of different voices, we need to remember that all those theories that have persisted and been handed down have originally been based on therapeutic experiences. Counselling, these days, is often described as a ‘growth industry’. This growth is recent and our older clients may be quite unfamiliar with what counselling actually is. In the beginning was psychoanalysis. It has been with us for a hundred years, so our elders may have grown up with a vocabulary that includes such abstractions as the ‘ego’ and perhaps the ‘id’, with the ‘unconscious’ as a noun, and possibly a hint of what it means to ‘repress’ and ‘resist’.

What ideas have you on determining counselling aims and how flexible do you think you could be on discovering that your client has a different agenda? What, generally speaking, are your criteria for ending a course of counselling? Freud is reported to have said, ‘Once the therapist has fixed the time-limit, he cannot extend it, otherwise the patient would lose all faith in him’. Do you agree with this statement or would you prefer less rigidity? What do you think about ‘keeping the door open’ after ending with a client in case he needs to return?

The impression is that this client was able to shake himself free of dependency and recognise his separate existence. Like many older people, he was used to being alone and could manage a certain stoicism when faced with loneliness. To expect a perfect ending is, of course, as unrealistic as hankering after a mythical paradise. Separating from loved and important figures never happens at a guaranteed time, and old age, as we know, is full of mourning. Ending therapy can be seen as a rehearsal for death.

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