KENYA.Nakuru: Oftenly, people visit a counseling psychologist or just a counselor, and after pouring out their problems, they walk away feeling relieved and ready to face life boldly as ever.
It seldom crosses their minds counseling psychologists suffer more than we do. Chebet Motelin, a counseling psychologist, narrates the post psychological trauma that comes with this service.
“More often than not, it affects us in a way, but I would not want to put myself in a situation where I am sympathizing with the client; my role is to empathize with the client for me to be effective to help the client see their situation and what they need to do to better it’, she says.
In the course of her counseling work, Motelin has faced cases like sodomy, sexual violence, verbal abuse, physical violence among others from her clients.
Psychologists come in contact with these cases on a daily basis, some steps taken during counseling may help or ruin the client’s situation.
“For me, the first thing is to make sure they are in a proper state of mind and to check whether they have gotten treatment for their physical pain. It’s really hard to sit with them and talk when they have not gotten any medical assistance’’, Motelin says.
Roles of psychologists
One of the roles of psychologists is to try to bring out the best decision that will not complicate the situation. As a psychologist one has to look at the situation, the role they are playing in order to better the situation.
“Mine is to bring awareness and try to prompt them to look at what changes they can make. I am just helping them to make the decision because when you make your own decisions its easier to follow it through.’’
In many cases, psychologists don’t openly come out and share what they are grappling with since they are viewed as people with solutions to such issues.
Motelin believes that psychologists are able to relate their current state with ordeals from their clients thus making it easier for them to overcome any post counseling trauma.