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The Counselor in the Recovery Process
The counselor in the recovery process

Seeking counseling after being raped is the best gift you can give yourself.

—An acquaintance rape survivor
The Counselor/Client Relationship

The counselor-to-client connection is like no other intimate relationship. It is neither parent to child, friend to friend, nor teacher to pupil, although counseling may, at times, reflect elements of all of these relationships. The counselor/client alliance is unique, and it is important to conceptualize the relationship in a way that reflects our professional values and beliefs and informs our judgments about effective interventions. The acquaintance rape survivor who seeks counseling is especially vulnerable to the power issues that are inherent in any helping relationship. For this reason it is essential that a collaborative relationship be established ...

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