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Individuals shape their decisions and lives upon cultural and personal values or ethics. Ethics are major influences in one’s life. It refers to what is right and wrong in what humans ought to do in society. I believe ethics are essential in creating ones moral fiber and values. They assist and provide guidance. In mental health counseling, counselors will often face ethical dilemmenas and is for this reason it is essential that one must know and understand the Codes of Ethics that will guide me as when I become a Mental Health Counselor. Many ethical issues may arise, as I become a professional counselor. A counselor’s personal life will come into ethical issues that may come into affect client-counselor relationship.   Countertransference is an ethical issue that concerns me. Countertransference can be considered, in the broad sense, any projections by therapists that distort the way they perceive and react to a client. (Corey, Corey, and Callanan, 2011).   I am concerned about counter transference, as it relates to being overprotective, seeing myself in clients and giving advice and how it will play a role in my effectiveness as a Mental Health Counselor.

The need to be overprotective with a client is an area I must explore. My nature is to protect others, especially those who appear to need protecting, apper to need some type of help or less fortunate. I was raised this way and in the course of my life have always stepped in and protected those who I perceived as needing help wanted or unwanted.   My ethical concern lies in handling clients who I deem as needing protection. Whether it is from themselves, others, or in
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life. My role as a counselor will be to assist clients in making effective goals. If I am seeing a
client who I want to guard from pain or hurt, because I assume...
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