Each counsellor brings his or her personal qualities or what is sometimes referred to in the literature as the 'counsellor's self,' when working with clients. The aim of this paper is to highlight the theoretical, clinical and research work regarding the self of the counsellor, and to indicate gaps within such work. It is argued here that while the person of the counsellor is vital to the therapeutic process, more work needs to be directed at defining this concept, and describing the process by which the counsellor engages his or her self whilst working with clients, particularly from a trans-theoretical perspective. Such research has implications for the training and supervision of counsellors, as well as providing potentially valuable information for future studies that focus on counsellor variables, particularly those associated with developing the therapeutic alliance.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|