What is Re-evaluation counseling?

What is Re-evaluation counseling?

Re-evaluation counseling, also known as Co-Counseling or RC, is a form of peer-based counseling and personal development that aims to help individuals overcome the effects of past distressing experiences. It was developed in the 1950s by Harvey Jackins, an American social activist and therapist.

The fundamental principle of Re-evaluation counseling is that everyone has inherent worth and potential and that they can heal and grow through connection and mutual support. The process involves two people, referred to as co-counselors, who take turns counseling each other in structured sessions.

During a counseling session, one person acts as the client and shares their thoughts, feelings, and experiences while the other person serves as the counselor, providing a supportive and non-judgmental environment. The counselor listens attentively, encourages the client to express emotions, and offers empathy and understanding. The goal is to create a safe space where individuals can explore and release past traumas, gain insight into patterns of thinking and behavior, and develop new perspectives and strategies for living.

Re-evaluation counseling emphasizes the importance of discharging emotions related to past hurts through techniques such as crying, shaking, or laughing, as a way to release and heal from these experiences. The underlying belief is that through this process, individuals can regain their natural abilities, creativity, and full emotional range, leading to personal growth and empowerment.

Re-evaluation counseling has been used to address a wide range of issues, including trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and personal development goals. It is often practiced in peer-led support groups and workshops, where individuals can receive ongoing support and connect with others on a similar healing journey.

It’s important to note that while Re-evaluation counseling has been beneficial for many individuals, it is not a substitute for professional therapy or mental health treatment. If you are seeking help for significant mental health concerns, it’s advisable to consult with a qualified therapist or counselor.

Shervan K Shahhian

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