Career outlook for counsellor
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help people understand their feelings and choices so they can find their own ways to make positive changes to their lives.
You would spend time with people - your clients - and help them talk about their feelings in a safe and confidential environment. You wouldn’t tell people what to do but you’d help them look at the choices they have made and change their future behaviour.
People could come to you for many reasons including relationship difficulties, the death of a loved one, or to improve the way they deal with everyday life. You might help with a wide range of issues or specialise in an area such as eating disorders or addiction.
You’d need to build trust with people, make them feel relaxed and know that they’re not being judged.
- Build a relationship of trust and respect with a clients
- Agree what will be covered in the sessions
- Encourage clients to talk about their feelings
- Listen carefully, ask questions and check that you understand a client's situation
- Empathise with a client’s issues but challenge them when necessary
- Help them to see things more clearly or in a different way
- Refer clients to other sources of help if suitable
You’d also go to regular meetings with your counselling supervisor and keep confidential records of your cases.
In most cases you would counsel clients on their own and face-to-face, but you could also work with couples, families or groups, or counsel people over the phone or on the internet.
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