I found it interesting that Paladino, Barrio Minton, and Kern (2011) suggest the importance of reflexivity which is, in essence, focused contemplation. He believes reflexivity gives counselors the ability to understand the meaning of experiences (Paladino, Bario Minton, & Kern, 2011). I directly associate this ability to an increased capacity to empathize with clients. If we cannot sense meaning in clients' experiences, we may not be able to authentically empathize with them.
Paladino et al. (2011) also emphasizes the importance of basic counseling skills and the recognition of these skills by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and their inclusion in CACREP programs. These skills are clearly foundational in the development of effective counselors.
Paladino, D. A., Barrio Minton, C., & Kern, C. W. (2011). Interactive training model: Enhancing beginning counseling student development. Counselor Education & Supervision, 50(3), 189-206.