Importance Of Values In Counseling

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Values are important in the makeup of a person because they are what guides and determines how a person lives. One may not have very many, but if one would try to explore their values, they will most likely find at least one. Whether it’s a big value such as valuing the importance of only having relations when one gets married, or as small as saying thank you. Point being everyone has something they value. As Levitt and Moorhead say, values not only come up in the counseling relationship but also affect many sides of the relationship both negatively and positively. Because of this, evaluating ones’ values to not be biased and be alert when an issue arises that challenges the helpers’ values comes up, is an essential part to becoming a helper. …show more content…
This is because every client one encounters will have a different problem as well as different values. In this case, every value a person has would at some point work against them. For example, one value I have is the LGBT, value equality and everyone has a right to be happy. This in turn may work for me to counsel a gay client as an individual but may work against me if the session consisted of the individual and his parents. Where the situation was, the parents didn’t want him to be gay and there must be a way to “fix him.” Then I may side with the individual because that is where my values stand. Not only would I side with him, I might even try to impose my values onto the parents, trying to get them to change their set of mind about their …show more content…
One of the topics it talks about is religion or a higher power. It says, that when a person seeks therapy because they don’t see much point in living if they are living an empty, meaningless life. In this case I believe it is a situation a helper can explore their values with the client. If the helper values religion or higher power, they may try to guide the individual to see how having these values gives life a meaning and purpose. As Corey and Corey right, religion and spirituality may be part of a client’s problem, but sometimes it’s the solution to client’s problems because it helps them find meaning and purpose in the universe. The counselor should not try to force their values upon the client, instead they should talk with them and let the client form his own values and take away what he finds meaning and purpose in. In the book, it also writes, a client defined sense of spirituality can be a way for the helper to connect with the client and can assist in the therapeutic change process. With this we can see how the importance of having a sense of spirituality is to a client’s therapy and sense of worth. Yet not all clients want to talk about this matter and in those cases, the helper should not try to sway the client to see the importance of religion and spirituality. Instead the helper should listen openly to the clients’ way they, themselves make sense of experiences and ways they stay

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