Final Refleciton Paper

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Coming from prior experience of having to go to counseling as a teenager, being a client in a peer counseling was acceptable and familiar. The experience within the session in class was sufficient enough to help deal with a particular problem I had been going through and wanted to search for a possible resolution or change towards the problem for the near future. Though I did not know the helper personally, I had known the helper through another sports team, and being friends within the class helped with being comfortable talking about an issue within my own respective sport. Going into the session being both athletes at the University of Maryland was comforting due to understanding where we both were coming from. The helper concentrated working through each of the different skills through the 3-stage model learned throughout the entire semester to help with my particular issue within the training staff. I noticed her help and focus of wanting to guide through my initial emotions of the situation, moving towards providing advice and insight about the problem, and lastly providing possible recommendations and solutions towards confronting the issue at hand. It felt good and promising receiving possible solutions on how to work through the problem for any future issues relating towards the initial problem. Listening to the helper coming from a different perspective on the issue helped see from a new perspective outside my own opinions about the problem and understanding the issue in a variety of ways. Thinking through the problem from a logical perspective outside of my own emotional being helped myself look at the situation with a new way of thinking and how to approach the issue. Overall, the session was very helpful because it provided me with resolutions towards the miscommunication problem within the training staff providing changes to approach the issue appropriately. The helper provided different options in order to prevent these issues to occur again in the near future as well as maintaining my own composure while dealing with this misfortune. What made the session very helpful was when the helper would say exactly what she thought I should do in the situation instead of staying frustrated with the problem not doing anything for it. Digging deep into the problem right away assured myself that I would receive advice on how to approach the problem in the right way coming from another student-athlete. Hearing the different advice and other options helped push through the frustration emotions related towards the problem and move past the emotions to better my future in dealing with another mishap. The peer counselor would occasionally go off tangent talking about her own personal conflicts going on between her respective team and training staff. I would get confused on whether the discussion was relevant towards my own situation; however, I was looking at her perspective and seeing she was trying to relate the problem towards my own issue,...

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