What is appropriate behavior in preschool may be inappropriate in college. Someone who is happy and contributing during their career may become isolated and depressed in retirement. Professional counselors are trained to understand the developmental needs of people across their lifespan. Our rich heritage in vocational guidance serves us well. We help people adjust to the changing needs and demands of their lives in order to reach their full human potential.
Professional counselors have been leaders in recognizing the importance of multicultural differences and how they can affect an individual’s wellness. One size does not fit all. We are trained to not only learn about cultural diversity but to respect and treasure diversity. Rogers taught us the importance of a trusting counseling relationship that can be enhanced by cultural understanding and respect. As a counselor, I have developed a greater appreciation of the human condition by learning about and respecting cultural diversity.