How do counsellors help people?

Counsellors are specialists in assessing problems that people have in life and in choosing approaches that work for a particular person with a particular difficulty. Counsellors work on a strength-based approach they will evaluate your strengths and the way these strong points can be used to support you. In addition, counsellors focus on the social context of your issues and will take your culture into account.


What makes professional counsellors unique?

With a counsellor, you get a mental health professional who focuses on you as a person. The counsellor helps you on relationships, on wellness, and on preventing problems before they occur—in the life areas of work, family, and school—as well as someone who can diagnose and help deal with mental or emotional difficulties. While counsellors don’t prescribe medication, they often work hand-in-hand with doctors who do.


What kind of training do counsellors have?

A professional counsellor would have a Master’s Degree in counselling and typically would have completed more than 1 year of supervised experience.


There are many types of counsellors, in many types of settings. What areas do counsellors work in?

As mental health professionals, counsellors work in many settings throughout the community. Counsellors work in clinics, privately follow, in agencies, in hospitals, in schools, in prisons, and in alternative settings. Some of the diiferent areas in which the professional counsellors work are – mental health counselling, school counselling, career counselling, rehabilitation counselling, addictions counselling, and couples and family counselling.


Why is it better to work with a counsellor than to work things out on your own?

Counsellors are experts in helping people with personal problems that are keeping them from being happy, healthy, and moving forward. It is much easier to deal with these issues with a qualified partner than to do it alone.


What should people look for in a counselor?

Look for a professional counsellor who qualified and experienced in their area of specialty. For example, if your child is having difficulties in school, talk to their school counsellor. In a private practice or mental health setting, counsellors should be qualified as a professional counsellor by a government recognised university. Rehabilitation counsellors should hold the Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor (RCI) credential.


Does it mean there’s something “wrong” with you if you see a counsellor?

When a person decides to see a counsellor, they are usually uncomfortable with something or they are struggling with a major life transition. Counsellors can help you become more comfortable with situations and problems—and they can help you to deal with it. Counsellors may view people as being caught, in need of new skills, or in need of growth, but they never view people as having something “wrong” with them.


Typically, how much time do people spend working with a counsellor?

The average number of sessions required is somewhere around six to eight. Some problems are often resolved in one session, some need conferences over a extended term.Sessions are typically 1 hour in length. In some settings, such as when seeing a school counsellor, sessions vary in length. A student, for example, may see a school counsellor for 10 minutes at a time.