Counselor Identity Report Essay

1849 Words Jun 4th, 2008 8 Pages
Abstract Often in life it is important for us to reflect on what career path we will take. It helps to better define who we are as individuals, what we stand for, it allows others to know your background, why you are so passionate about it, and why you chose to follow a certain path in life. This paper will answer several of these questions as we delve into wondering when was the first time I recall an individual applying counseling skills with me, my feelings, and the outcome of the encounter, and how has that influenced my counseling perspective. We will identify what I believe is the best type of help for me when I am in a personal crisis. Describe the first time that I considered counseling as a career and what was happening in …show more content…
There is no drama that surrounds me and if it does, it is usually addressed an solved very quickly. All of these characteristics will help me to become the best counselor I can possibly be. Skills that need work in my department are not being so biased on issues that I feel strongly about. For example, If my client was a pedophile who had caused harm to children and I was supposed to help him seek help. This case would be tremendously difficult for me. I think it would take sitting down and addressing someone else in the field that has had experience with this type of dilemma to work effectively through it. It definitely would be a tough obstacle to overcome, especially if I had a child of my own. But I am a strong individual who can handle it. Another thing I plan to improve in is my active listening skills. I tend to cross my legs and arms when others are speaking. Not because I am not listening, I think it is done in just the comfort of my personal space. Sometimes people tend to want to get too close and invade that personal space. I use it as a space saver but realize that a client could take it offensively. I think this is learned through repeated practice and taking the counseling skills courses offered here at Argosy University. Positive change is ultimately what counseling is supposed to evoke (Mier & Davis, 2008). The client should always come out better than when they began. I do however, also feel that positive change is

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