Professional proximity in counseling practice - The need for secure bases for self–care

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Your client’s story may touch you at unexpected moments – we call them triggers – and thus touch your wounds. Not so simple to deal with. Every trigger is an invitation to observe yourself, to take care of your own wounds and bring them to healing. In this way, you prevent old wounds and their associated emotions from holding you hostage as you counsel your clients. Your self–care as a counselor is not only a care that focuses on your own well–being, it is at the same time an investment in yourself as a professional to be able to better counsel your clients.

For the fall edition of the German-language magazine Leidfaden, Jakob van Wielink, Marnix Reijmerink and Leo Wilhelm wrote the opening article on the need for self-care and the power of secure bases.