Counselor as Client: Emerging Answers and New Questions

Signe M. Kastberg, Rachel A Jordan, John M Kiweewa, Tamara Clingerman


This manuscript reports results of a survey and qualitative research that explored the personal experiences of one graduate counseling program’s alumni/ae regarding their perceptions of personal counseling and the impact it has had on their practice as counselors. Data analysis reveals that most alumni/ae who completed the counseling program had individual counseling experiences and all of those alumni/ae felt that those experiences had a positive impact on their practice as counselors.  Further, three major themes were identified that describe the benefit that being a client has had on their practice.  Those themes include empathy for the client role, development of skills and personal growth.  Conclusions and limitations are discussed.


counselor development, client role, empathy, skill development, personal growth

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