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
their role 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 in order 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 to 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.
to sort out the problems of the client.
or encouraging a client to behave in a way in which the counsellor may have
behaved when confronted with a similar problem in their own life.
emotionally involved with the client.
at a client's problems from your own perspective, based on your own value
The Role of the Counsellor
First and foremost the
counsellor is aware that no two people are alike. No two people
understand the same language in the same way; their understanding will always
be linked to their personal experience of the world. Therefore, during
the counselling process, it is important that the counsellor does not try to
fit clients into his/her idea of what they should be and how they should act.
of the counsellor is to enable the client to explore many aspects of their life
and feelings, by talking openly and freely. Talking in such a way it is
rarely possible with family or friends, who are likely to be emotionally
involved and have opinions and biases that may be detrimental to the success of
the counselling. It is important that the counsellor is not emotionally involved with
the client and does not become so during counselling sessions. The
counsellor neither judges, nor offers advice. The counsellor gives the
client an opportunity to express difficult feelings such as anger, resentment,
guilt and fear in a confidential environment.
counsellor may encourage the client to examine parts of their lives that they
may have found difficult or impossible to face before. There may be some
exploration of early childhood experiences in order to throw some light on why
an individual reacts or responds in certain ways in given situations. This
is often followed by considering ways in which the client may change such
counselling reduces confusion, allowing the client to make effective decisions
leading to positive changes in their attitude and/or behaviour. Effective
counselling is not advice-giving and is not acting on someone else's behalf
(these are more the roles of a life coach). The ultimate aim of
counselling is to enable the client to make their own choices, reach their own
decisions and to act upon them accordingly.
WHAT IS CAREER/educational
a lifelong process that, whether you know it or not, actually started when you
were born! There are a number of factors that influence your career
development, including your interests, abilities, values, personality,
background, and circumstances. Career
a process that will help you to know and understand yourself and the world of
work in order to make career, educational, and life decisions.
development is more than just deciding on a major and what job you want to get
when you graduate. It really is a lifelong process, meaning that throughout
your life you will change, situations will change, and you will continually
have to make career and life decisions. The goal of Career Counseling is to not
only help you make the decisions you need to make now, but to give you the
knowledge and skills you need to make future career and life decisions.
What can you expect?
You’re Career Counselor WILL:
Help you figure out who you are and what
you want out of your education, your career, and your life.
Be someone for you to talk to about your thoughts, ideas,
feelings, and concerns about your career and educational choices, who will help
you sort out, organize, and make sense of your thoughts and feelings.
Help you identify the factors influencing your career development,
and help you assess your interests, abilities, and values.
Help you locate resources and sources of career information.
Help you to determine next steps and develop a plan to achieve
Who needs Career Counseling?
Since career development is a lifelong process, Career
Counseling can be appropriate for anyone, including freshmen, sophomores,
juniors, seniors, and even alumni. The earlier you get started making
intentional decisions about your future, however, the better prepared you will
be! We recommend that all freshmen come in and visit with a Career Counselor.
supportive and confidential environment
counselling is an opportunity to resolve problems, improve understanding and
learn new skills. It provides a supportive and confidential environment where
you can talk openly about your concerns and feelings.
How we can help
offer counselling for any matter that is causing you concern or distress. It
may be something that has bothered you for a long time, or it could be the
result of a recent event or crisis. Below is a list of the issues that students
often feel a need to discuss.