“It looks as if there were a single ultimate goal for mankind, a far goal toward which all persons strive. This is called variously by different authors self-actualization, self-realization, integration, psychological health, individuation, autonomy, creativity, productivity, but they all agree that this amounts to realizing the potentialities of the person, that is to say, becoming fully human, everything that person can be.”

Abraham Maslow


Reflective Practice & Self Care


Tony Bates

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.


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