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Concept and meaning of counselling

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Education | Post Date: 2009-07-19
 



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Counselling actually means ‘giving advice'. It can also be thought of as a process in which a person is helped to explore the situation and find solution or answers for a problem. Counselling is a very important part of everyday life. Many people come to ask us advice on matters concerning the job that we do or about a personal crisis. The advise we give or the solutions we make them find are all various aspects of informal counselling.

Formal counselling is administered by a professional counsellor for those in need of counselling. The concept and meaning of counselling are explained in this article.

Concept of counselling:

1. Relationship:
Counselling is a relationship between two people where one person attempts to assist the other to organize himself better to attain a form of happiness by adjusting to the situation.

2. Behaviours: The relationship between the counsellor and the client helps to openly discuss the problem faced by the client. This helps to increase the skills, courage and self confidence in the client and creates a new behaviour in the client.

3. New methods are explored to identify solutions for the perceived problem faced by the client. Sometimes, the client may not find a solution, but the thought of being able to share the problem with another person itself can give a satisfaction to the client.

4. Counselling also helps to develop a set of goals for future behaviour of an individual (Client).

Meaning of counselling:

Counselling is a method of guidance of an individual. It helps the client to grow to a greater maturity by allowing the individuals to take responsibilities and to make their own decisions.

It can be considered as a relationship between two people where

A. One individual seeks another's help

B. One person is willing to guide

C. The counsellor is trained to guide and counsel

D. The client and the counsellor are in a setting where help can be given and received.


Counselling is very necessary as the lives of people are getting complicated every day. Students and youngsters especially need professional counselling help for them to face the many problems of life. Many of them will be suicidal at one point of their life. Counsellors are a great help at those times.

Counselling can be used to help students and youngsters in their study habit formation, maintenance of mental health and also to help them achieve maximum efficiency in all their activities. This tells of the importance of counselling, especially for youngsters.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist by profession. A writer by interest. I take up freelance assignments for various websites and blogs. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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