I was inspired recently to retake the Harry Potter Sorting Hat Quiz, and my results have been consistent across the years: Hufflepuff. I wear my yellow and black proudly but I can’t help but wonder, why are Hufflepuffs so underrated? They have many enviable characteristics that would make a good wizard or muggle. I also believe these characteristics are especially valuable in a mental health counselor.
Three Hufflepuff characteristics that make a good counselor:
1. Open Minded: The first Hufflepuff characteristic that makes a good counselor is imperative to the counseling relationship and process. Clients come in with an array of issues that impact every aspect of their lives and counselors have to stay open minded so that we can give the best care possible. Sometimes we are the only person in their life who will not judge what they have to say. It is not only our job to be empathetic and understanding, as a Hufflepuff, it is our nature.
2. Patience: When you see a mental health counselor, just like any other healthcare professional, you come with expectations that you will leave feeling different than when you came. The counseling process, however, takes longer than a simple visit to your primary care physician. Counselors (and clients) need patience during this process because complex issues aren’t magically resolved in one session.
3. Kindness: The third characteristic that I want to point out may be an obvious one, but one that is important nonetheless. Counselors work with people from many different backgrounds, sometimes very different from our own. Showing kindness to our clients is a simple way to say “I’m here for you.” It’s been found that the therapeutic relationship is one of the strongest indicators for successful treatment. Kindness allows us to build a trusting and healthy therapeutic relationship with our clients.