I also have to be both client and counselor (not at the same time!) today for videotapes in our skills class. My problem has been more in being the client! I talk a lot and tend to inundate my poor classmates with a sea of words. I guess it is one way to get used to different clients, but I hate feeling like I'm just "too much." Every time I think I have some little problem but then the more I talk it just grows. Today I'll concentrate on using very short sentences. (Like that one.)
Being the counselor is actually easier in many ways, and one of my natural skills is empathic listening. Of course, I have to peel all the other natural "skills" I have, like interrupting and advice-giving, but I just spend a good deal of time biting my tongue and nodding. It works, and not interrupting is gradually getting easier.