“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” - Jewish Proverb
It's my 100th photo! Though not my 100th day since I have missed 4 days due to various reasons since it started.
As counselors, we help our clients with their inner burdens. We don't fix them, but rather act as facilitators to help them solve their own issues themselves (to help broaden their shoulders in a way). I love working with individuals, especially children, to assist them with their journey to resolve whatever is going on in their life. I can't wait to enter the field :)
But too often, we tend to take our client's issues too deeply into ourselves causing us to lose sight of the problem itself... the objectivity. Yes, we should always show unconditional positive regard, genuineness, and empathy to our clients... to show them that we are there with them on their personal journey. And this does require us to get a little 'personal', but if we lose sight, we will be less able to help them. We should also be aware of how their issues affect us, especially in awareness to possible countertransference issues. It is finding that right balance between the two...