What Makes Effective Counseling?

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As a first year graduate student, I am thankful to have already learned many of the necessary values and skills needed in order to practice counseling effectively. While there are numerous aspects used to determine what makes effective counseling, in the case of counselors, three of the most important aspects I have learned to date would be the following: the proper use of one theoretical approach, a complete understanding of the therapeutic process, and a complete understanding of one’s needs and values as not only a counselor, but as a person. Allow me to further explain my views in the following paragraphs.
In order for a counselor to successfully help a client, I believe that it is important for the counselor to first adopt and become very knowledgeable in one of the major theoretical approaches. Using myself as an example, even though I am not yet a counselor, I have already decided to take on the humanistic approach (or person-centered approach, as it is also called) of psychologist Carl Rogers. As a counselor, it is important for one to choose a theoretical approach that they feel most comfortable with; I have chosen this approach because I agree most with its characteristics and believe that it more or less fits my personality. The goal of Rogers’ person-centered approach is to provide clients with an opportunity to develop a sense of self where they can realize how their attitudes, feelings and behavior are being negatively affected (Cepeda &…

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