I offer counselling for Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Student Psychotherapists and Counsellors and people using therapeutic skills, such as nurses, support workers and probation officers, from my practice in Hayle, Cornwall
Both BACP and UKCP have reflective practice criteria for counsellors and psychotherapists. Currently BACP do not ask trainees to undertake their own counselling but do require evidence of a reflective practice for accreditation. UKCP ask for psychotherapists to be in their own therapy throughout training and ask for annual CPD to have a reflective component.
So, why is it important ?
Many people who become counsellors and psychotherapists have experienced their own difficulties and want to help others because of this. While this is a worthwhile motive it holds some difficulties. If a therapist has not processed their own experiences they may mix their experiences up with those of the client and be unable to offer a clear space for the client to work in.
In addition to this, working as a therapist can be difficult. Often you may hear traumatic information, or stories that trigger things in your own history. Sometimes it can be helpful to have a confidential space outside of supervision to explore this.
Personally, I think it is ethical for therapists to regularly revisit personal therapy in order to be able to offer the best possible service for clients.