Most of us are familiar with the notion that we really only see our own reflection in other people. Basically, everyone and everything in our world is a mirror of ourself. In this way, when we judge someone or admire someone, we are actually attacking or praising a part of our own self.
This is an important concept in day to day life but perhaps most important for counselors and therapists. If we get caught up in a mirror while trying to help a client, we won't be doing much good. In fact, we could do a great deal of harm by reinforcing a negative judgment or increasing anxiety which could make the self exploration process more difficult. We could even unconsciously guide the client away from their healing path.
The Zen Way of Counseling is an important resource that all counselors and therapists should read. Not only does this book remind us that we need to clean up our own back yard before we step into the counseling chair but that we have to be open to whatever is needed for each particular individual. Often, we get so caught up in specializing that we fail to see that each situation is unique and must be treated as such. Pacing, methods, and the end result will look different for each person.
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Tami Brady (trbrady)
A Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosis in 1996 introduced me to alternative health therapies. Inmy quest to ease my suffering,I became interested in the Whole Health approaches used in … more
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Svagito Liebermeister presents a way of counseling that is rooted in meditation. He examines the core aspects of a spiritual approach to therapy, beyond method and technique, focusing on the essentials of how personal growth and transformation occur.