A transactional view of human behavior makes good sense to me. In terms of coaching or counseling that means a client comes to a session with his or her history and current issues as does the coach or counselor. Together, they interact in a given environment both physical and emotional and it is within that framework progress is made – or not. For example, a juvenile client was physically abused as a child by his parents and comes to counseling with behavioral problems. The coach or counselor comes to the session having worked with abuse for several years but with a migraine headache triggered by a fight with her partner. The office is in school closet and there are numerous interruptions. All of these factors impact the counseling session. However, typically, the focus is on the client; the counselor’s issues and the environment are less considered.
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