Our expert says:
I'd guess such a formal requirement of counselling sessions is to enable the student to experience counselling as a client. But it's inherently an artificial situation, as it's time-limited, required rather than arising from your independent decision, and because it presumably isn't focussed on any specific problem you want help for.
And in such time-limited counselling, one would not ( if using modern and proven methods such as CBT, focus heavily on deep revelations of childhood. It is old-fashioned and in fact lousy counselling technique to insist on digging back into painful areas of past experience out of a fanaical belief that this MUST be done.
ALl ggood counsellors have sad aspects of their life with which they cope - a capacity to reveal themselves is NOT a requirement for being a good counsellor. And, as someone who was a personal friend of great counsellors like Carl Rogers, I can say so with some authority.
When last did this somewhat arrogant and rigid teacher broadcast to the world all of her own concerns and private worries ?
IF they don't use and teach Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, CBT, then they are using and teaching obsolete methods that don't stand up to proper scientific scrutiny.
However, if you are signed up for a degree course they control, you have to at least convincingly simulate what they demand.
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