Counsellors are indeed the ‘wounded healers’ who finish numerous sessions of counselling with their patients only to know that they themselves feel very low. It is sometimes controversial to picture a counsellor providing therapy who himself is on the verge of needing one. This subsequently adds up the aspect of self-care therapy one needs to have after examining themselves.
It is plain and simple that a therapist who has seamlessly been providing counselling to outnumbered patients would end up being vulnerable to the subject. It might be extremely dense for a counsellor to think of taking professional help since their textbook of counselling doesn’t allow them to need one. However, the stigma associated with the well being of the therapist itself is false and misinterpreted.
A counsellor is free to acknowledge that they are humans too and they too can adapt psychological distress in an urgent need of attention. Ethical counselling does not include personal therapy while the majority of counsellors and therapists are vulnerable to psychological stress.
Here are a few reasons why a counsellor too can need a therapist:-
1. Burn out prevention
This profession would gauge your burnout and compassion fatigue since you help people. One of the studies of mental health professionals found that 36 per cent of its community suffered from burnout in their careers while somehow immediate psychological attention helps in preventing the problem.
2. One can easily process client’s thoughts
Being on the other side of the chair helps you understand how other people on that seat feel or what they think throughout the process. This will help you dig deep inside your thoughts and urge you to understand how to communicate with the patient when you yourself are the counsellor.
3. Deal and accept issues within yourself
Just because you’re a certified therapist doesn’t bring in the compulsion you have the personal mental presence. Many researchers have studied that counsellors experiencing the personality of mental dysfunctions force themselves to deny the problem looking at the blind spots. If one goes through a therapy them it is evident that he confronts his own problems to himself and learns to accept feedbacks.
4. Break the stigmas
When you yourself understand that you too have had a
session of therapy you are forced to encourage humility and decrease hubris.
This will not just drain out the stagnant stigmas associated with therapists
but it will also let people see that you too are human facing challenges like
any other person.