Reflective Practice & Self Care
Dr Tony Bates Clinical Psychologist who engaged with Guidance Counsellors around Self-Care and Personal Leadership. Photograph courtesy of Joanne Arnold.
It is essential to take care of ourselves, especially when our work involves providing a range of supports to clients. Neglecting our own wellbeing can sometimes make it difficult for us to look after the needs of others. This is why it is important for us to sometimes step back and reflect on our practice.
Self-reflection is an important part of our development as it enables us to look back at events and consider their impact. It is also a useful way of identifying areas where we might need to take better care of ourselves. Guidance counselling supervision provides a secure environment to support our client work and encourages reflective practice. Adopting positive strategies supports self-care and can greatly enhance our work with clients.