Counselors have vastly differing styles of counseling. Some choose to be directive, others are remain passive even when the client wants them to give advice. We are different because of our varying theories and personalities. But I always assumed that most counselors do not take notes during sessions unless needing to record very specific details (say taking a family genogram or collecting details for a psychological report). But after having conversations in several different locations I learn that many write during the session. They write down key client phrases and other things that they wish to come back to and explore at a later date.
I’m curious about your experiences–either as a counselor or counselee. Was there note-taking going on during the session and was it helpful (for both)? Did it cause problems?
I don’t take notes in session so that I can stay engaged in good dialogue with my clientele. I don’t want to miss subtle details and I don’t want to break up the work by taking a note. It seems to me that if I take a note during the session, the client waits for me to do so and then they move out of an experience to only describing an experience–and so distance themselves from their feelings and thus any insight or intervention is also distant.
What do you think?