Counselor as Client: Emerging Answers and New Questions
Keywords:counselor development, client role, empathy, skill development, personal growth
This manuscript reports results of a survey and qualitative research that explored the personal experiences of one graduate counseling program’s alumni/ae regarding their perceptions of personal counseling and the impact it has had on their practice as counselors. Data analysis reveals that most alumni/ae who completed the counseling program had individual counseling experiences and all of those alumni/ae felt that those experiences had a positive impact on their practice as counselors. Further, three major themes were identified that describe the benefit that being a client has had on their practice. Those themes include empathy for the client role, development of skills and personal growth. Conclusions and limitations are discussed.
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