Level 3 in Counselling skills and Theory
Unit 4
journey of self discovery
1.1 Most of us believe that self- development only happens when we are learning something new, and we forget that self-development is an ongoing process. A counsellor’s own development must be a continual process of, growth and expansion. They must demonstrate an interest in self-awareness, self-counselling, work/life balance, focus, goal setting and other complementary areas of self-development. Through their own growth a counsellor will also pick up additional understanding and knowledge, which equips them with effective tools to use to help and support a client during the counselling process.

As an ethical practitioner and member of a professional association, a counsellor needs to continue developing her/his skills and knowledge. Most counsellors do this by attending short courses, seminars or workshops. Through supervised counselling sessions and consultations with other professionals, the counsellor will all so be able to explore their own self awareness and personal development. It will give them the opportunity to be continually open to personal, and career development which will help the counsellor fully t understand their values and self.

1.2 Many of our values, beliefs and behaviours are established during childhood. My own values and beliefs were originally developed through my parents, family and outside influences such as society and cultures. I believe that as a counsellor I may at some point be exposed to issues with my client, such as their lifestyle or behaviour etc that could bring into question my own beliefs and values. For example if my client has committed an act that was morally wrong, this may really challenge my values as honesty and integrity are values that are really important to me.

As a counsellor I will endeavour to accept the client for who they are, without prejudgments, and will aim to set agreed client boundaries that will not influence my...