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Immediacy
Immediacy
Definition of immediacy
 Immediacy is a characteristic of a
counselor's verbal response describing
something as it occurs within a counseling
session.
Purposes for Immediacy
 to bring out in the open something you feel about
yourself, the client or the relationship that has not
been expressed directly,
to generate discussion or provide feedback about
some aspect of the relationship, or the interactions
as they occur, and
• to facilitate client self-exploration and maintain
the focus of the interaction on the client, or the
relationship, rather than on the counselor.
Ground rules for immediacy
• the counselor should describe what he or she sees
as it happens,
• the counselor should be expressing things in the
present tense,
• the counselor should take responsibility for his or
her feelings by using the personal pronouns, I, me
or mine, and
• the counselor should time his immediate responses
so that there is a strong relationship before he uses
them.
Ground Rules for Confronting
• Be aware of your motives.
• To avoid blame, focus on the incongruity of the
problem
• Cite a specific example
• Confrontation should not occur unless you are
willing to continue in or commitment to the
counseling relationship.
• It should be used early in a session
• Don't confront on more than two successive
occasions
• It may take more than confrontation to bring about
resolution of the discrepancy
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