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Re: my counseling program RealMe

Posted by pegasus on September 18, 2007, at 12:24:54

In reply to Re: my counseling program pegasus, posted by RealMe on September 17, 2007, at 21:36:56

Hi RealMe,

I know where you're coming from here. I do agree that there are some good therapists out there who have not been in therapy themselves, and who have never had diagnosable mental disorders (or however you want to delineate which people have issues that need addressing in therapy).

But I would argue that anyone in the world could benefit from an experience of good therapy. And therapists could benefit, in terms of adding to their professional knowledge, even if the experience was not so good.

I agree with Daisy that being a therapist and being a client are very very different experiences. Any therapist who has also been a client will most likely have a deeper, more empathic understanding of their clients than they otherwise would. Not to mention that they will probably have a deeper understanding of their own psychological makeup, which certainly affects how they do therapy with their clients. So, they might be good without having done their own therapy, but I believe they would, most likely, be better if they had.





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