We master our craft by working with the hardest clients, facing the most difficult ethical problems and pushing ourselves professionally in every area. You will never sharpen a knife with a soft piece of wood, and you will never sharpen your skills by taking the path of least resistance.
There is a frightening truth in our profession: After we leave our graduate programs and finish supervision, nobody is there to tell us what to do. It is up to us to focus on ethics and, sadly, this is where things start slipping.
Regardless of your theoretical orientation, one can’t deny that Freud gave us a lot to think about.
This word is most often applied in the case of infidelity in a relationship, but I’ve learned there are many other ways in which we feel betrayed.
As a counselor, I must be able to identify sexual behaviors that are common — as well as those that may not be normal but aren’t unusual either — and put a parent’s mind at ease while also respecting their culture and belief systems.