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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.1 No.1 pp.111-121

Chaos and Fractal: A New Paradigm for a Scientist-Practitioner Model of Counseling

Seong-In Choi

Westminster College
Received December 13, 2010, Revision received February 9, 2011, Accepted February 14, 2011


In the current process model of counseling, a geometric notion of a fractal (Mandelbrot, 1983) was employed as aframework for a counseling process. A fractal is any pattern that reveals a greater complexity as it is enlarged. AsEuclidean geometry is an overly simplified representation of the shapes of the real world, traditional process models maynot be sufficient to represent the complexity of real counseling processes. The purpose of the proposed model is to moreaccurately and effectively represent the counseling process and the isomorphic relationship between a scientist’s and apractitioner’s work. Main principles of fractals (self-similarity, recursiveness, and unpredictability) will be reviewed andtheir applications to the counseling process are discussed.