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Role Play Therapy Introspection
Laura Wiedmer

General Psychology
B. Buchalski
October 27, 2010
Northwest Vista College

In class we did a skit about a family from India; the other half of the family was born and bred in the United States. This caused a conflict between cultural differences. I played the role of the daughter who wanted to marry an American Catholic. She was deeply inlove with him and just wanted the approval of her mother. The mother did not approve because she believed that her daughter had to marry a man from the same religion as she was, Hinduism. But the daughter believed that love had no barriers and was not going to let her mother intervene in her happiness. Her dad, on the other hand thought that if she was deeply in love with that man and she knew he wasgoing to make her happy, that she should marry him.
As I played the role of the daughter I thought about all the feelings she would have in a real psychology session. The daughter would feel that her mother didn’t care about her happiness or the love she had for that man, that her mother only cared for the “what would they say”. Another thing that I thought about while playing this role wasthat it was interesting how the psychologist handled the situation. She listened to everyone’s point of view and how she read my body language. The counselor also noticed that I was having second thoughts. The counselor decided to pay more attention to me and how I was really feeling about the whole situation with my mother not approving the marriage with a man from a different culture and religion.When I was playing the role I felt comfortable talking to the counselor because she listened to what everyone had to say and how we felt about the situation. I felt that role playing really help me understand what psychology is really about. I used to think that psychology was to go and tell someone your problems and that was it, but there’s more about it. This exercise helped me learn abouttechniques that psychologist use during a session with a client. For example, they notice a lot the patient’s body language and how he or she expresses themselves.
Psychotherapy is an emotionally charged confidential session between a therapist and a patient or client that leads to healing. The psychologist tries to help the patient in problems of living. It treats behavioral disorders and mentalillnesses. Psychotherapy may use insight, persuasion, suggestion, and reassurance; so that patients may see themselves and their problems more realistically and have the desire to cope effectively with them. There are many different types of psychotherapy, like Cognitive therapy, family therapy, and interpersonal therapy. These therapies are used for different patients or clients. After severalsessions with a client the counselor chooses a therapy that would help the patient in whatever problem they have. Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental and emotional disorders through the use of psychological techniques designed to encourage communication of conflicts and insight into problems, with the goal of changing the behavior leading to improved social and personality growth.
The role ofa counselor is to help a patient improve his or her mental health or whatever issue brought the patient into therapy. The psychologist is obligated to act in the patient's best interest. The psychologist has to maintain a professional relationship with the patient and the patient's family. The counselor is not allowed to have personal relationships with a patient's parents and siblings, even ifthe parents are not involved in the patient's treatment. The psychologist is obligated to help a patient keep him-or-herself from harming his or her body or ending his or her life. If the psychologist feels that a patient may be of bodily risk to himself or others, the psychologist is required to find more appropriate treatment for the patient until the danger or harm passes. The psychologist...