How would you characterize Gabriel’s natural therapy style?
Gabriel’s style of therapy is the use of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapy. From the therapy that he has with Dane DeHaan, the therapist has focused his approach on the client’s problematic behaviors, feelings, thoughts and attempts to discover their subconscious meaning and motivations. Gabriel tried to uncover the reasoning and motivations that made DeHan decide to come to the therapy session with a with a distraction; camera and take photos of him. While the session is ongoing, he observes the client keenly and sees what might be disturbing them. Additionally, Gabriel lets the client discover themselves by the interactions in the therapeutic relationships. The approach allows the client to talk about themselves.
What strategies does he use to facilitate the therapeutic process?
Overall Gabriel is an excellent therapist. First of all, he decides to take a laid-back approach and allow the client to talk about their problems and the issues. During the sessions he allows the client to throw tantrums while he sits there keenly listening to what the client is saying. Afterward, he appropriately responds. Gabriel uses the belief that when one talks about their problems, and the issues that are affecting them, healing will somehow occur.
Additionally, the therapist takes different rules during the therapy. In this particular situation, the therapist takes the position of Jesse’s father. They, therefore, do role-playing. Under the approach, Jesse feels comfortable to open up and talk to a therapist about his issues.
Pick 2 theorists discussed thus far, and compare and contrast Gabriel’s style to the theorist. Please make sure you are showing a clear understanding of the theorist you are comparing him too, and being clear in your understanding of the theory in practice
The style of Gabriel fits and is almost similar to the theorists Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Sigmund is considered the father of psychoanalysis which is similar to what Gabriel does. Also, the style in a way looks similar to the suggestions given by the neo Freudians who broke away from the Freudians theories and formed their ideas like Carl Jung.
Just like Freud and Carl Jung, Gabriel believes that the actions of DeHan stem from a subconscious part of the brain that most of us are not aware of. Therefore, he believes that to be able to treat the patient; he must first identify the subconscious issue that is the underlying motivator and drive in doing what we do. Gabriel believes the unconscious part of the mind, is where the processes that are the real cause of the behavior. Gabriel was right. The therapists believe that the subconscious minds are the repository that keeps the primitive wishes and impulse this kept at bay. Gabriel and presses on DeHan lightly to try and get the underlying factors that govern their behaviors. Gabriel just like DeHan and Carl Jung were interested in the father of the child n how they affected their actions and thinking. Gabriel grew up without a father so, he also tried to see if he could use his wounds to understand his patients better. However, in this particular set, DeHan cause of acting out was because he had received a text from a woman who believed she is his mother. Therefore, he was disappointed and was not aware of what to do.
Unlike Gabriel, Carl Jung style of subconscious analysis was focused on the collective unconscious to determine the way people act (Kruglanski et al., 2018). In his theories, he placed much emphasis on the collective unconscious rather than the personal unconscious. He outlined that not an individual factor affected the way people acted but rather many other factors that would accumulate over time. Gabriel just considered one factor per acting out. In most instances, he focused on the lack of the father or the problems people have at home.
Could Gabriel benefit from using any additional theories you have learned about thus far? If so, what and how?
Gabriel could benefit a lot from learning from the theories that we have so learned. The therapist has one approach in trying to diagnose all the patients. However, if he was able to learn about other approaches and the theories that have been suggested by another theorist like the behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, humanistic therapy, and integrative holistic therapy, he will have multiple approaches of diagnosing the patients. It will also allow him to understand how to deal with the diverse issues the patients suffer (Younossi et al., 2018).
What did you think of Gabriel’s style? Did you like it? Why or why not?
I liked the style the therapy style that Gabriel used. Under the approach, he uses his early experiences to be able to help the patients that come to him. Therefore, the patients feel much more connected and willing to share their problems. Gabriel was more like a wounded healer. His own experiences help him understand and draw empathy and compassion for his clients. I like the style that he used due to its patient’s centeredness approach. It is an approach that allows the patient to speak, while he listens and then offers his verdict. The listening allows Gabriel to get preachy and dominant at times. It will also allow him to fit into role-playing that makes it possible for people to understand their issues in the context. Gabriel also does not present himself as all-knowing or omnipotent or in control. He allows the patient that freedom and helps him come to the solution together.
Based on the supplemental learning this week, any cultural issues you noticed?
During the class this week one cultural issue that I identified from the class reading was the gender conflicts that are presented from home, school and even at work. From the class readings, I realized that culture plays a significant role in how the women and the men interact. There are some cultures that women cannot freely and openly interact with women. In other cultures, the women will feel uncomfortable if the men came and interacted with them. In some cultures, the physical contact, eye contact matters a lot in the interaction of women and the men in society. A from the differences in gender there can arise some cultural issues that may be difficult to handle. As a result, when handling a diverse cultural environment, one must be aware of the population that they are dealing with to avoid any confrontation or adverse effects of failing to consider the cultural issues.
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