Religion gives me both inner strength and peace. Through God, I have found my strength in overcoming obstacles I face in my life. I believe that a person’s spirituality is a critical aspect to consider when counseling; religious or not. There is no “right” religion; different cultures practice different religions. Through active listening, I am able to gain insight into those differences in clients, and the impact their beliefs have.
Politics is a touchy subject. In my opinion, most forms of government are corrupt to some extent. While I hold my strong political views and opinions, I will be broad in my political views. I do not consider myself democrat or republican. I feel by labeling myself in such a manner, I am limiting my options and opinions to those of that political party. For example, I vote for the politician who’s views/agenda best suite with what I stand for. I do not push my political views onto others, and I very much appreciate when I receive the same treatment. Nothing gets under my skin more than someone telling me what is right/wrong with my political opinions.
Well, I have given a lot of my values and beliefs that I believe to have formed whom I am today. While I am aware of areas in which I need to improve upon, I think it is beneficial that I know this. I am not afraid to ask questions of my supervisor, or refer a client if necessary. In the short time I’ve been in my internship, I have seen a vast ore of clients. I have seen things, prior to this, I had only heard of. Relapses, manipulation, and addiction have shown me the less than glamorous aspects of human life. These experiences have opened my eyes to a lot, and I am grateful for how much I have grown in such a short time. I am looking forward to my future experiences, and how those instances will more shape my opinions/views.