The role of our personal values in a counseling relationship


The role of our personal values in a counseling relationship is a challenging ethical concept.  Even the most well intentioned and cautious clinician will be influenced, even inadvertently, by his or her values.  Imposing our own values on a client is a treacherous proposition, and it risks compromising our objectivity.  Some relativists would argue that such objectivity is an illusion, and that it is wholly unobtainable.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Initially, I am not entirely sure I saw a conflict with exposing my values (without imposing them on the client).  After additional reflection, I am not sure that I am entirely comfortable exposing my values during the course of the interview process.  Perception is reality, and I would have no control over the client’s interpretation of the values that were exposed.  Despite my best efforts and good intentions, exposing my values would open a number of different variables that could be counterproductive to the interview process.

For example, if my values differed greatly from those of my client, I could risk alienating the client to the degree that they may come to the conclusion that our values differ too much to continue the counseling relationship.  The end result is a referral at best, or the client ceasing to pursue psychotherapy as a treatment method all together.

It’s your turn!  I am seeking out strategies I can employ that will help me contain the potential damage associated with exposing my underlying core values.  How much does your therapist share with you?

I would like to learn to avoid comparing and contrasting client values with my own.  This is an overwhelming task given that I have a natural inclination to establish rapport by doing just that.  Does your therapist compare and contrast their values with yours?

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

This entry was posted in Kent Brooks and tagged , , on by .

About Kent Brooks

try-therapy.com is a group of helping professionals collaborating to bring you information about mental health, counseling, and therapy! We provide therapy and mental health services throughout the entire state of Nebraska via a hybrid delivery system. You choose the solution that is right for you - in person, online, or a combination of both! I WORK ON A SLIDING SCALE!! If you do not have insurance, ask me for more info!

One thought on “The role of our personal values in a counseling relationship

  1. Luann

    Your current write-up has proven necessary to us. It’s extremely helpful and you really are obviously very knowledgeable in this
    field. You get opened up our sight to be able
    to numerous thoughts about this particular subject matter together with intriguing, notable and solid content
    material.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s