Please note- you do not need to share specifics regarding your personal challenges in life, only principles that others have done or not done in response to you.
What have you found to be most useful to you (from others) in your own times of pain? In what ways might counseling emulate those things that have benefited you personally?
What have others done that have been counter-productive to you in times of need? How can you work to avoid such things in counseling others?