What makes a good counsellor?
I have often wondered what the magic ingredients are that make a good counsellor. I always knew that qualifications alone would not make a good counsellor. I had seen it for myself, people with academic qualification but who had no people skills at all. No matter how qualified you are, if you don;t know how to relate to people and put them at ease, you wil never be an effective counsellor.
I recently attended an ieso workshop. A new NHS initiative that offers online CBT therapy to clients. What was interesting about this workshop was the fact that due to the online nature of the counselling, statistics were easier to collect. Statistis had been collected and they had shown something interesting…
The most effective counsellors with the best client outcomes weren’t the counsellors who had been working the longest nor was it counsellors with the most qualifications. The two most important aspects were – people skills and sticking the the CBT model.
They referred to the people skills as “the scientist practitioner approach”. This is a statement from their website: “However, we understand that an expert clinician is intuitive and possesses an authoritative knowledge base that enables them to practice flexibly and reflexively at a high level. ” I have to agree!
Of course, a good counsellor will be qualified but a super efficient counsellor will also possess excellent people skills and will instincitvely know how to put people at ease. Creating rapport is crucial for a trusting, engagig relationship between client and counsellor.
Counselling can make a huge difference in a person’s life. Always consider it if you feel you need a nudge in the right direction. Sometimes, we need that objective input to help us move forward.
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