Core Elements of a Counselor

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One of the two core elements that I feel is a personal area of strength is positive regard. According to Wikipedia, an individual that has positive regard of others has, “blanket acceptance and support of a person regardless of what the person says or does.” To me, this means being someone that is non-judgmental and someone that truly looks at a person’s inner being, not just what the outside shell may look like. A client’s personal growth can be influenced greatly by his or her counselor’s positive regard. When a client knows he is accepted by his counselor, it will help foster a much more beneficial and positive relationship. Another core element that I feel I possess goes right along with positive regard; warmth is something that I offer to everyone around me. Having warmth means making others feel welcome, making them feel comfortable in opening up to me about whatever they choose. When it comes to a client/counselor relationship, it is vital to provide a welcoming environment from the very beginning, otherwise the client may never truly feel that the counselor truly cares. Positive regard and warmth are core elements, but to me they are also personality traits that I feel very thankful to possess. I have always been the type of person that never passes judgment on anybody because I know that I don’t want anybody to pass judgment on me either. I try to be warm and inviting to everyone I encounter because that is how I would like to be treated as well.
Two core elements that I feel are areas of weakness for me are concreteness and self-disclosure. I believe that I am capable of both of these elements, however, my lack of counseling experience leads me to believe that I just don’t know how to properly execute them in a counseling setting. I think of instances when I have gossip sessions with my friends or talk to my parents or children about different things. I know that for the most part, we talk about things in a very generalized fashion. I...
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