TAKE AWAY 1
In chapter 2, I learned that I will need to experience a personaltherapy from a more skilled psychotherapist before I start my careeras a therapist. This experience will help me get a first-handunderstanding of what it feels to be a client. Besides, I will getsome insights and skills on how therapy is supposed to be done duringmy interactions with the psychotherapist. If a counselor is to be ofhelp to his/her clients, he/she must possess a high level ofself-awareness. Through personal exploration, a therapist gets toknow his/her unexplored blocks, which include intimate relationships,power, loneliness, and deaths, that are likely to impact his/herdelivery of therapeutic services.
I think that this knowledge will inform my development as acounselor because it has made me realize that being a therapist doesnot make one a superhuman. In the course of offering therapy, I amlikely to encounter patients with strong perspectives on certainissues, and I may be attempted to persuade them into changing theseviews to match mine. Besides, it is also possible that some clientsmay open some of my unhealed wounds during the therapy sessions. Ifthis happens, I will end up being a patient as opposed to thetherapist and this will have detrimental effects to my objectivity asa counselor. Besides, Corey(2015) says that if a counseling student is notactively engaged in search of healing for his/her psychologicalwounds, he/she will face considerable difficulties trying tounderstand the client`s situation. As such, if I take part in apersonal therapy session offered by a more experiencedpsychotherapist, I will learn how to prevent my bias and prejudicesfrom affecting my job as a therapist.
In chapter 2, I also learnt that a counselor should be careful not tofall into the clients’ trap by giving them advice instead ofhelping them resolve their personal issues. A therapy session differsfrom a center for dispersing information in that it aims atfacilitating clients to explore the different options available tothem. It also empowers the patients with skills to solve problemsthat they may encounter in the future. If a counselor provideshis/her client with solutions to his/her problem, every time thelatter is faced with a different problem, he/she will always seek thetherapist’s opinion on how to approach it. By not giving my clientany suggestion, I will be safeguarding myself from feeling guilty ifmy advice ends up not working with the patient. As an addictioncounselor, my duty will not be to tell the client to stop usingcertain drugs, but to help him/her come up with a strategy on how hecan reduce or stop using it altogether.
In chapter 3, I learnt that the principle of confidentialitycontained in the ethical code for psychologists is not absolute.Confidentiality is pertinent for successful therapy sessions becauseit creates an environment based on trust which enables the client todisclose his/her problems without the fear that the information maybe revealed to a third party without his/her consent. The lawprotects a counselor from revealing to a third party any of theinformation disclosed to him/her by his/her client during the therapysessions. However, there are a few exemptions to this rule.
Some situations may force the therapist to diverge informationbrought to his/her attention by his/her client in the course oftherapy. For example, a therapist should not respect the principle ofconfidentiality in case the client’s information points to apossible abuse of a child, dependent adults, and the elderly.Besides, a client may reveal his/her intention to harm him/herself orothers. If this happens, the counselor will have to divulge thisinformation to the police. This point will be beneficial to my careeras a therapist as it has empowered me always to make a professionaljudgment as to whether to abide by or violate the principle ofconfidentiality.
Corey, G.(2015). Theoryand practice of counseling and psychotherapy.Nelson Education.