C is for Counselor


Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.

– Aeschylus, ancient Greek Tragedian


April is Counseling Awareness Month! As such, I’d thought I’d do an assignment that I often give to my clients—taking their name or their profession and using each letter to describe their inherent qualities. It makes for a wonderful tool and conversation starter and sometimes can guide the course of treatment.

Because this is still a journalistic piece, there are hyperlinks throughout (like hidden Easter Eggs—in honor of another event this month!) to click on with articles that touch on each quality.

Enjoy, and if you want, please share your own acrostic below!


C – is for Comfort be it helping someone get out of their comfort zone, or in comforting them.

O – is for being Open to change, even when it’s hard, be it for the counselor or the client.

U – is for understanding the client where they are and who they are.

N – is for being a member of a Noble order of caring professionals, and the responsibility it demands.

S – is for serenity, may we have it to offer in abundance.

E – is for excitement, that we always remember the thrill of walking alongside another person’s journey.

L – is for Living Well, because that’s what it’s all about!

O – is for the power to Overcome; both in our clients, and in ourselves.

R – is for Relationship because without it, we have no method to heal.

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.

– Walter Benjamin, Philosopher


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