"Good" Versus "Right": Awareness of Self in Counselor Training

  • Honore France University of Victoria, BC
  • Carmen Rodriguez University of Victoria, BC


Training in the field of counselling is meant for sharpening the personal skills of therapists, but it is also there for the trainees’ own self-empowerment. Counsellors are continuously exposed to other people’s issues and problems, and these intense encounters often have an effect on the helper’s own internal health. Therapeutic practitioners need to be aware of how the very issues their clients are struggling with can have an impact on themselves as caregivers. The article offers the example of the “Wounded Healer” to illustrate this dilemma. The case illustration is of a counselling student who has already experienced that her clients have had a romantic attraction to her.