Describe what happens in counseling. How does this differ from other relationships and conversations? Discuss a time that you have gone to a professional for help of any kind …
Describe what happens in counseling
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Discussion Question #1:
Describe what happens in counseling. How does this differ from other relationships and conversations?
Discussion Question #2:
Discuss a time that you have gone to a professional for help of any kind (e.g. counselor, physician, nurse, lawyer, accountant). Explore these relationships.
What is Counselling?
Many people will, at some point in their lives, find themselves in the role of a counsellor without having a true understanding of the concept of counselling or what the role of the professional counsellor entails.
There is a big difference between a professional counsellor and a person who uses some counselling skills as part of their role, for example as a friend or colleague. A professional counsellor is a highly-trained individual who is able to use a different range of counselling approaches with their clients.
- The process that occurs when a client and counsellor set aside time to explore difficulties which may include the stressful or emotional feelings of the client.
- The act of helping the client to see things more clearly, possibly from a different view-point. This can enable the client to focus on feelings, experiences or behaviour, with a goal of facilitating positive change.
- A relationship of trust. Confidentiality is paramount to successful counselling. Professional counsellors will usually explain their policy on confidentiality. They may, however, be required by law to disclose information if they believe that there is a risk to life.
Counselling is not:
Firstly, giving advice.
Secondly, being judgemental.
Thirdly, attempting to sort out the problems of the client.
Fourthly, expecting or encouraging a client to behave as the counsellor would behave if confronted with a similar problem in their own life.
Also, getting emotionally involved with the client.
Finally, looking at a client’s problems from your own perspective, based on your own value system.