What are the key elements of the practice of counseling?
Body language, eye contact, nodding of the head, verbal noises, leaning forward and any other actions and positive expressions that suggest to the client the counselor is listening and paying attention helps the client feel secure and can enable them to think things through for themselves and come to their own conclusion.
Another critical issue is the qualities of counseling as it has both an ethical and moral element embedded in it and areas such considered to be of intrinsic worth. BACP research shows that qualities of counseling include being able to put yourself in the client’s shoes, being straightforward and honest, able to act regardless of fears, risk, and uncertainty, sincerity, respect for yourself and your client, being non-judgemental and able to work without getting personally involved.
The above key elements define the practice of counseling and show that being a counselor is not just about listening and that counselling aim to help the client make sense of their situation both past and present and to encourage them to find their own answers to their problems. The skills the counselor employ help their clients make changes to their lives as they teach them to think through their problems and make their own decisions. Boundaries are set to make sure that there is no confusion between what is expected by both counselor and client as well as to protect both parties from any misunderstanding, while personal qualities, and moral issues are for making sure the clients have excellent quality care.