“What I am suggesting is that, at a minimum, we take the time to think about the potential ramifications of [client] diagnoses 10 or 20 years into the future. We can’t know every possible outcome, of course, but some things are predictable.”
A trusting supervision relationship means the counselor-in-training is comfortable admitting “I messed up,” even knowing that it may slow the licensing process down.
A counseling license doesn’t inoculate practitioners against wrestling with “what if” thinking, struggling with problems in their home life and personal relationships, or experiencing some of the same hardships that they help clients walk through.
“I would suggest that confidentiality comes in at a close second place for the core of our ethical conduct.”
“He had no reason to trust me. If I had been in his shoes, I wouldn’t have trusted me either.”