What Is Counseling?
Counseling can formally be defined as “the process of assisting and guiding clients, especially by a trained person on a professional basis, to resolve especially personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties.”
However, counseling is not exactly an advising session. It is rather a specific meeting between a practitioner and a person in need of help to explore the issues faced by the person in need. The help needed can be of physical or mental or even spiritual. It can be related to money, love, career or family etc.
The practitioner helps the client by introducing new and exciting thoughts and point of views which the client has never thought would work for them. This creates a positive energy and hope in the client that it is possible to achieve anything they want in life.
How Does Counselling Work?
A counselor’s major job is to enable the client to explore various aspects of life and feelings, by talking openly and freely.
This works profoundly because such open and free talk is not possible with family or friends as they might have biased opinions which are not healthy for counseling.
Therefore, it is also important that whoever counsels you must not be someone emotionally involved with you. Also, since the counselor is a stranger to you, they neither judge nor offer biased advice rather give you an opportunity to express your anger, resentment, guilt and fear in a confidential environment. Expressing your emotions relieves a great amount of blocked energy and makes one feel lighter and better.