The Person of the counselor

The Person of the counselor
People encounter numerous things in their, which incorporate the
positive and the negative aspects of life. Under normal circumstances,
people handle their issues and problems, without help. There are various
ways that individual choose to cope with their problems. There are
people who turn to friends, and they discuss the problems while other
opt for defense mechanism, as well as drugs, which distort the reality
of the underlying situations. However, problems are not the only reasons
that people have for abusing and using drugs as most people turn to
drugs from peer pressure and the urge for experimentation. The body of
drug users develops tolerance, which means that these people require
vast quantities of drugs to feel the effect. Eventually, the symptoms of
drug addiction develop as the drug users experience gradual dependence
for drugs.
At the point of addiction, the drug dependence of individuals becomes
uncontrollable rendering the individuals incapable of doing any task,
without the drug. At this point, the coping capacity of such
individuals fails and they seek the services of a counselor. Evidently,
counselors are significant people in the society as they facilitate
individuals restore their life control, as well as lead meaningful life
(Washton & Zweben, 2011). People who seek the services of counselors
find themselves trapped in shells of drug use or other issues of life,
and they are interested in regaining their sober existence. Counseling
can be done for preventive purposes or restoration purposes.
The counseling environment is characterized by a counselor who has total
authority, as well as a client who entrusts a counselor with his private
information with the hope that the counselor will come with a solution
to the inherent problem (Washton & Zweben, 2011). Therefore, a counselor
should be a resourceful, trained and competent person who does not
meddle with the emotions and affairs of the client. One of the key
strength that I would bring to a counseling session for a drug addict
would be the quality of excellent communication skills in both verbal
and non-verbal communication (Washton & Zweben, 2011). This strength is
vital in counseling sessions, especially for people with drug addiction
problems. Apparently, a counselor should be equipped with competent
communication skills, which will enable him, probe the problems of the
client, as well as gain access to the cause of the problem.
Communication skills will help me establish rapport with the client and
create a friendly and supportive environment. Further, communications
competence will facilitate the counselor and the client reaches an
agreement on the best route of intervention as the client is
facilitated to own up the treatment program (Washton & Zweben, 2011).
For instance, non-verbal skills are useful understanding facial
messages, which can be obtained unless the counselor is competent with
communication skills.
Secondly, I will bring substantial strength that will be vested in the
quality of being non-judgmental. This strength will help me avoid
judging the client as being careless or blaming them for their
conditions, without adequate knowledge of the circumstances that
surround the client. Clients require respect and dignity and their cases
should be treated as a distinct case, without generalizations (Washton &
Zweben, 2011). For instance, there are case in which cases of clients
are compared to other cases of different clients and conclusions made,
without regard to the personality of the client. Such incidences will
totally be eliminated, by non-judgmental strength.
I have the belief that drug addicts are people who are sick, and they
require hospital attention to deal with the problem of addiction. This
belief is vital in counseling drug and substance addicts. On the same
note, the belief brings problems because it elicits feelings of pity in
drug addicts thus I tend to leniency the users. Apparently, such
beliefs can cripple effective intervention on clients with problems of
addiction (Washton & Zweben, 2011).
Secondly, I believe in staying a life free of substance and drug use. I,
therefore, have a negative attitude towards people who turn to drugs and
spoil their lives and that of other people. My dad was a drunkard, and
he used to abuse us verbally and physically every time he came home
intoxicated. These encounters developed a negative attitude towards
drugs, and they make me offer biased opinions about drugs and addicts.
Washton, A. M., & Zweben, J. E. (2011). Treating Alcohol and Drug
Problems in Psychotherapy Practice: Doing What Works. New York: Guilford
Publications, Inc.