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how important are shared values in counseling?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Depends: Certainly, as good a fit as possible helps - but that might not mean a carbon copy. As long as your values don't contradict and each really respects the other, the differences can be beneficial in broadening the perspective. If there is a lack of respect, little might be accomplished beyond issues that don't touch the "hot" areas. So, if you have trust ; respect - go for it! if not - just go.
Answered on Jan 13, 2014
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Dr. Andrew Berry
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
Comfort vs shared: I would say shared values are comparatively unimportant in counseling, whereas feeling comfortable with your counselor is far more important. The values of your counselor are not why you're there. It's your values and emotions that should be of primary clinical focus.
Answered on Oct 13, 2015

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