Doing a day of training last Saturday has reminded me of how it can feel to be in the client’s chair rather than in the counsellor’s. I felt vulnerable, out of my depth, excited and scared – sometimes all at the same time. I also learnt a lot about myself in terms of how I relate to others, the world in general and myself. So it was invaluable and I am very glad I had the opportunity to do it. Thinking back on it now, I’m struck by one of the tutor’s words, (paraphrased): ‘I believe we learn through experience, rather than being told.’ I believe that it is through the experience of counselling, in the relationship between client and counsellor, that we learn what we need to know about ourselves and our lives so we can heal where it’s needed and move on towards where we want to be.