Personal therapy and its usefulness to qualified counsellors and counsellors in training is a subject of great discussion among those who it concerns. Though discussed greatly and broadly recommended among counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists, its usefulness has been a cause of debate as to its merits for providing self-awareness; little research to back up these assertions (likely for the intangible subject of personal development) Further to several guest speakers presenting their opinions of the benefits and potential drawbacks of personal therapy, I will reflect on their assertions and reflect on them. The guest speakers expressed mainly positive remarks regarding the use of personal therapy, one of which struggled to think of any disadvantages. Advantages shared among all included a heightened self-awareness, empathy and more confidence in the therapeutic process. Also expressed among the speakers was a notion of education for counsellors in training. By being part of a therapeutic relationship with a qualified counsellor, the counsellor in training is likely to bear witness to and experience therapeutic techniques, which can be reflected on and later hopefully added to their skills repertoire and likely to provide an element of modelling. Despite the numerous positive outcomes of personal therapy for counsellors in training and practice, Among the speakers, some potential drawbacks of personal therapy were outlined, particularly to counsellors in training. The time consuming and “self-indulgent” nature of therapy can be distracting from the training course. Noted also was the potential for what is uncovered in therapy to have a negative effect on the training process by the knock on effect from ‘positive’ but yet destabilising life changes or realisations. From
The professional and training requirements for personal therapy and the perceived professional and personal value of the experience varied depending on one’s theoretical...
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