Personal therapy in counsellor training

Heather Dale, Jayne Godward, Carole Smith

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The main focus of this chapter is a discussion as to whether personal therapy should be mandatory for trainees or whether can it be gained in other ways. The chapter starts with an overview of the research into personal therapy in counsellor training and discusses arguments for and against this. In the main body of the chapter, Jayne Godward argues that students should have personal therapy during counsellor training and uses the views of some of her students on the benefits of this, while Heather Dale argues against personal therapy being mandatory for trainees using real-life examples. Readers are encouraged to decide for themselves as to whether personal therapy should be compulsory on counsellor training. Finally, Carole Smith sums up the arguments and offers a general conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPersonal Development Groups for Trainee Counsellors
Subtitle of host publicationAn Essential Companion
EditorsJayne Godward, Heather Dale, Carole Smith
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781351066136, 9781351066143
ISBN (Print)9781138479265, 9781138479289
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2019


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