In my opinion the purpose of counseling is so individuals have a safe place, where may express themselves without feeling judged. There has always been that stigma that if someone receives therapy or counseling, they are viewed as crazy by family and friends, which should not be the case. Usually people need someone to speak to, but do not feel comfortable doing so with friends because they might be afraid that it will not be kept confidential or that they will judgmental. I think the purpose of counseling is so people may overcome their problems or behaviors such as grief, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc. I do not think helpers should try change clients or patients, but instead guide them to the correct pa...
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Personally I have never attended a therapy or counseling session of any sort. I’d actually like to attend one because I know I have some of own issues I have to fix before continuing in this field. There are times when family and friends have asked me for advice, but now I know that I was not giving advice, if anything I was deciding for them. I have some strong values about certain topics especially when it come to politics, but I hope that this class will help me understand that we all come from different backgrounds and have different values whether family, religious, etc. and that it’s okay to accept them although we still disagree with our clients. In these previous lectures I’ve learned that you’re not suppose to advice people, but instead guide them and flip it around so that the person ultimately makes the decision and chooses their path.
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