Professional Isolation and the Counselor

Ryan P Holliman, Lamar Muro



In the field of professional counseling, there is a very formal and extensive process for student counselors to receive mentorship and develop relationships in which self-awareness and professional skills are monitored and developed.  However, once a counselor receives their license there is little requirement for professional consultation.  This article delineates three types of professionals who are at risk for professional impairment: the open and aware counselor, the open and unaware counselor, and the resistant counselor. Of greatest concern is the resistant counselor who actively avoids professional relationships or if they do engage in professional relationships attempt to only portray competent and positive aspects as opposed to their struggles and difficulties as a professional.  As well, several interventions for professional isolation are discussed including technological solutions, utilization of regional associations, as well as a call to action for policy in the professional counseling discipline.



Ethics; Isolation; Technology; Consultation

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