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my own at the time, I felt intimidated and was not sure how to respond to them. I was not able to empathize with them as I was too busy focusing on how they made me feel with the statements they had made about me. A statement that a father could say is “I don’t know why I’m here. You look like you could be my younger daughter. You must be fresh out of school.”An empathetic counselor statement could be “my age makes you question my commitment to yours and your family’s progress and you are unsure if I would be a good fit for you.”It was difficult to create an empathetic statement as I wanted to defend my “professional position.” I was blocked by coming up with statements that I could have said to the parents I used to work with. Corey (2017) states that a therapist must not lose their own separateness when attempting tounderstand their client’s world as they see it. It is important to focus on grasping what the clients say instead of focusing on how we feel about their statements. This would provide clients with better opportunities to achieve the change they desire. ReferenceCorey, G. (2017). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy(10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.