Skills and abilities: Able to build trust and gain confidence. Empathic, non-judgemental, able to see how own opinions can impact others. Excellent listening skills, and appreciation of confidentiality.

What you’ll be doing: You could decide to work with groups or individuals, and in various specialisations, such as career counselling, school or college counselling, and marriage counselling. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Building a trusting, respectful rapport with the client
  • Agreeing a confidential contract, agreeing topics to be covered
  • Encouraging open discussion of issues, and listening to concerns
  • Understanding concerns, empathising, yet challenging when necessary
  • Helping clients towards a deeper understanding, and to make decisions going forward
  • Liaising as necessary with other departments or sources of help
  • Working to agreed targets as per contracts, and keeping appropriate records

Career progression: Many counsellors maintain a similar professional level, however management opportunities exist with a more strategic role. You may decide to work as a school or college counsellor, or specialise in an area such as couple’s counselling. With experience, and professional contacts, you may choose to work as a self-employed practitioner. 

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