Counselling Theory

This assignment (reflective essay) encourages students to reflect on how a counselling theory

 (either psychodynamic or cognitive behavioural theory) relates to their own personality and behaviours. It encourages the student to explore their chosen theory in depth, and link

theory with practice Process:

Consider your own personality and behaviours in light of either psychodynamic theory or cognitive behavioural theory. Write an essay describing the key principles of the approach you have selected and how these could be related to your own life.

Your reflective essay should include:

• a brief overview of the history, principles and goals of the approach

• an explanation of the key concepts of the approach and how they could be applied to your own life experience

• reference to relevant literature, linking your ideas to theory discussed in the unit


1. An overview provided of the history, principles and goals of your selected theory (either psychodynamic theory or CBT)

2. Explanation of key concepts

3. Application of the key concepts of the theory to your own personality and behaviour.

4. Evidence of familiarity with relevant literature and theory

5. Evidence of self-awareness and ability to self reflect

Structure, Presentation and Referencing

1. Main ideas clearly and logically presented

2. Relevant research and scholarship literature used appropriately to support claims

3. Correct academic writing style used, including correct spelling, grammar and punctuation

4.  first/ third person writing style is applied where relevant

5. In-text referencing and reference list follows APA referencing style (6th ed.) as set out in the APA website:

6. Word count is within + or – 10% of requirement

Academic Level:  Bachelor

Document Type:  Essay

Subject Type:  Other

Pages:  8

Line Spacing:  Double (Standard)

Font Face:  Calibri (Standard)

Citation/Style:  APA

Reference:  10

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