“Hopelessness breeds helplessness.” Giving someone hope is probably one of the more important things you do as a counselor. I would argue that it is essential before any significant change can take root.
How Do You Give Hope
How do you instill hope?
Is it words you say? Is it something you do? Is it changing their situation for them?
Because hope is a belief, it is something that has to be caught. You can’t convince someone to hope. It is emotionally based, not cognitively rooted. Therefore, hope is something that someone has to want.
You Can’t Fake It
Like any belief system, when you show that the belief system works in your life, it is easier for others to believe. As a counselor, I have to actually have hope for my client. It has to be true, not contrived. I can’t make up hope.
So the more important question is, “Do I actually have hope for my clients?”
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