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Do Counselors Have Counselors?

The Short Version

Yes, counselors have a counselor, just as optometrists have an optometrist. Mental and emotional wellness are important factors in being an effective counselor. Counselors need to take care of themselves.

Before, During, and After

Counselors often have a counselor before they even start their professional career. As non-professionals, there are many benefits to counseling, including resolving unresolved trauma, exploring family dynamics, and changing patterns in their life.

Once in a graduate program for counseling, colleges highly recommend that students attend their own counseling. It can be beneficial because while going through the program, complex material can come up that the individual has experienced themselves. Counseling is a place to work through and process these experiences so that when we to see clients, we see clients without our own issues affecting treatment.

While seeing clients and after graduation, counseling can be a safe place for counselors to understand their emotions. Helping clients can be emotionally challenging, so taking care of ourselves is essential. We want to model healthy behaviors, including taking care of our own emotional health and the outcomes of those.

Outside Perspective

Counselors may know the terminology, techniques, and ways to challenge their perspective. Having an outside perspective can be beneficial to seeing something a counselor didn’t see in their own personal life. Have you ever told someone something, and the person says something back to you? You wonder, why didn’t I think of that? 

Sometimes, counselors are too close and in their personal situation to see objectively. An outside perspective helps. 

Saying It Out Loud

When counselors say something out loud, it can have a different impact than having the thought swirling around in their minds. Counseling allows counselors to express their thoughts and feelings to a trusted person.


A counselor speaking with a Professional Counselor offers a knowledgeable, trauma-informed, judgment-free, and unbiased experience. Counselors have friends and family who are part of a support system, but there may be limitations in how those people can support each other.


What is said in the counseling room (virtual or otherwise) stays in the counseling room. 

The Same Reasons

The exact reasons many people see counselors are why counselors have a counselor, too! We all have a past that has impacted us and a present that we experience life within.