Notably, the supervisor 2’ s commitment to empathic understanding allowed them to walk into my subjective world and so enable them to understand my situation. This evidently is my consistency to one condition of Roger’ s theory of counseling and therapy. I was able to view the problem of alcoholic addiction as a social disruptive to the wellbeing of society (Embleton et al. 2004, p. 78). Empathic understanding is Rogers’ second therapeutic condition dictates that the supervisor understands the supervisee’ s thoughts, feelings, and meanings from the supervisee’ s perspective. During the session, I felt accepted and that my sharing had value since the supervisor perceives the world from the point of view of the supervisee. Empathy, according to Rogers is a way of being in relation to the supervisee.
This indicates that a supervisor often tends to adopt and assumes the challenges that the supervisee faces and is able to have his/her frame of reference. During the session, supervisor 1 showed evident signs of adopting my position and assume the challenges even as I narrated my story. Evidently, by adopting my position, the supervisor could fully understand my situation and so accompany me in the path of therapy (Roger 2004, p.
23). This is considerably consistent with Rogerian therapeutic condition which stipulated that the supervisor take the frame of reference of the supervisee as a way of guiding him/her through the process of self- actualization (Harkens, 2010). Again as the supervisee, I was also consistent with Roger’ s theory of counseling and therapy since I opened myself freely and allow the counselor in my life experiences and enable them to guide me through willingly. Supervisor 3 also showed signs of consistency with the specific condition of Roger’ s person-centered theory.
During the whole session, the therapist listened and somehow understood sensitively and accurately without interrupting the sharing. However, the supervisor never sympathized with me as I was sharing my part of the story or experience and feelings at that very moment.
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