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Chapter 2 - The Counselor as a Person ********** as a Professional

***** Bible and Sun Tzu's Art of War contained the universally accepted maxim, "Know thyself." Be it in the pr*****ession of spir*****uality or warfare, underst*****ing "me, myself and I" is a prerequisite in be*****g able to perf*****m tasks relative to the trade. In the same way as the noble vocation ***** counseling seeks to help those in need, the counselor must "know oneself" too ***** order to be ***** ***** effectively carry out ***** functions of his office. It is not enough for a counselor to have the training, tools and techniques to "do counseling" but rather, it is important ***** the counselor to be free of personal conflicts, biases, problems and anxieties lest he becomes a detriment to t***** care ***** ***** clients.

***** (2002) states that "to be an affective counselor:

Learn as much as possible ab***** the profession

Don't bring personal *****sues in***** a session

***** you *****n't le*****rned to deal with your own pain, how c***** you be effective in ********** someone else?

Avoid Dual Relationships (friends, family, co-workers, social contacts, etc); this is unethical and must be dealt ***** Don't Ever Become Sexually *****volved With A Client (2-Year waiting period)

The points listed by Merryman have been discussed exhaustively in the chapter but of note is the one ma*****taining that, "If you *****n't learned ***** deal with your ***** pain, ***** can you be ***** in helping someone *****?" Besides the "own *****" descri*****d, which mirrors "unresolved conflicts" - there ***** also the need to fulfill "personal *****s." One answer to this burning question a counselor faces throughout his career is self-therapy. Despite being in the pr*****ession of helping others, no doubt a ***** at least once in his career will require the help of another professional. "The critical point is not whether you happen to be struggling with personal questions but how ***** are struggling with them. (Chapter 2)" It may be that the problem-laden counselor ***** cope with his situation ***** only ***** a cert*****in point - and what if the predicament boils over? A brave face ***** a steadfast attitude may ***** be enough to avert disaster since the counselor's problems may affect ***** way he ********** with his clients. Once ***** happens, several ethical concerns will arise and one of which is the effectiveness ***** the counselor in counsel*****g others when he himself ***** in dire need of counseling.

***** options are avail*****le to the counselor to remedy personal problems. ***** first rule though is to have "self-aw*****ness" by underst*****ing there is a problem, then admitting the problem indeed ex*****ts and finally, seeking remediation. Fortunately for the ***** *****, counseling programs are available in the same ***** they ***** available ***** non-counsel*****g personnel and more specifically, the programs have been developed to deal exactly with the needs ***** ***** counselor. Personal or group therapy can be sought as well as other new and diverse


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