Why are Core Values Important in Counselling?

“Effectiveness without values is a tool without a purpose” – Edward de Bono

Our values represent who we are, a personal code of conduct – like “guide to behaviour”.

Mindfulness is the core to my practice – it is the human ability to be fully present, to be aware of where we are, what we are doing and not to be overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going. I believe that to be in the moment allows us to accept our experiences, even when those experiences and emotions are so painful.

Within my work of mindfulness, the following five values are the guides to my practise.

  • Hope  – The belief that change is possible – if we don’t have hope then we don’t have tomorrow.
  • Resilience – When one is faced with a problem, what is the solution? What is it trying to teach you? How can I bounce back, even in grief?
  • Forgiveness – Allowing our thoughts and feelings of anger, hurt, hatred (all energies that are debilitating) to be released. These feelings “zap our energy” especially when attached to grief. Forgiveness doesn’t change the past but allows us to move forward and take control of ourselves (not dependent what another has done – even in death).
  • Understanding – To listen and to learn – one has to understand where a person is at before they can help themselves or someone else.
  • Empowerment – Allows for the courage to make change so we can be the best version of ourselves.

“In the end, just three things matter:

How well we have lived
 How well we have loved
                                             How well we have learned to let go” – Jack Kornfield


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