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This means actively listening to and understanding the unique experiences of all clients, including those with developmental disabilities, mental disorders, and those who identify as LGBTQ+. Their stories hold valuable lessons about resilience, strength, and the human spirit. We acknowledge that complete understanding isn't always immediate. However, we are committed to ongoing learning and personal growth. We approach each client with empathy and a willingness to learn from their perspectives, even if they differ from our own.


some of you may have heard of the concept of “Unconditional Positive Regard”. It is a mindset that unconditionally inclines "interest" to the client and its world. This does not necessarily mean 100% understood or accepted. It is a way of being able to turn your gaze to want to know more, while focusing on things that you do not understand more than you do understand, and building on things that are difficult to accept.


It is sometimes translated as introspection or reflection, but it is a mindset of frank “dialogue with yourself”. There is a concept of self-consistency as a stance of PCA counselors, but before accepting clients as they are, first of all, be honest with yourself, do not turn a blind eye to your dislikes, and try to cherish them. Thank you. This does not mean that you have to be 100% successful, but it is a state of mind that is open to its importance and meaning.



to respond, but this does not mean giving the right answer or doing something, but the mindset of "responding" by your side. The voice within the client, which may be almost inaudible at times, is a way of listening intently and being there. It's not about listening and doing what you're told. Nor does it mean distrusting the ability to speak out and giving voice to others. More than doing something, it's about being there and not isolating the client.

the mindset that my teachers, Dr. Morio Saji and Dr. Noboru Hozumi, mentioned. They taught me at a young age the importance of providing a safe and worrying relationship rather than not worrying. There is nothing that you should not feel any emotion. However, holding negative emotions alone can threaten your ability to live. However, if you are with a trusted supporter and experience sadness, anger, misery, and loneliness as they are, your heart will become lighter and you will be able to gain the strength to live. I've seen it in clinical practice.


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