Counselling/Psychotherapy is a unique relationship between the client and therapist in which the therapists role is to hold up a mirror for the client to see themself in. We all have experiences in which make is impossible to see the way and to ** see things about ourselves without a mirror.
Whether our hair is fully combed, whether we have something stuck in our teeth, or whether we have a wound in a hard to see place, we often need mirrors to see these things well enough to do something about them and sometimes we need someone to hold the mirror so we can see the things more clearly from better angles.
In addition to knowing what angles to hold the mirror from, the therapist understands that sometimes it takes a while for folks to see what they need…. especially if there are more subtle things needing our recognition.
****Finally, because most people tend to be hard on themselves and **do not give themselves “self-care” the therapist knows to hold the mirror in such a way that the client can see themselves from a caring, supportive, and empathetic perspective.