Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Empirical Research Article


tolerance for ambiguity, phenomenology, counselor education

Subject Area

Counselor Education


Six master’s-level counseling students were interviewed about their phenomenological experiences of ambiguity in counselor preparation. Analysis revealed five themes: students’ preparation for ambiguous experiences, ambiguities of counselor preparation, accompanying overwhelming feelings, coping approaches, and self-assurance gained from facing ambiguity. These findings have implications for counselor education and supervision.



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