Counselling Theory Most of us will find ourselves counselling someone at some time in our life will be part of a family and become involved in family counseling [whether we want to or not].
Counselling others can involve many situations. We can take up a career [full-time or part-time] as a professional counsellor, or we can become involved in counselling as part of our pastoral duty of care to those in our charge. Examples of this latter case include doctors, nurses, school teachers, church officers, company bosses and many others.
Professional counselling is carried out usually by self-employed individuals with their own practice, and others employed by organizations to offer counselling such as career counselling, debt counselling, credit counselling and marriage counselling.
Marriage and Couple counselling [or marital counselling] is carried out by different groups. Charities have been set up exclusively to offer this help. Private professionals also become involved in marriage counselling [marital counselling].
The college's counselling course, offered by its school of counselling, takes students through the theory of counselling from beginner stage through to advanced level and provides an all in one counselling course.
Often people may think to themselves, " ...well why do I have to bother to learn counselling? I've been counselling for years and what I don't know about it doesn't exist!" We may have met one of these people. Their life has been taken over by helping others. They suffer from stress, due to their workload [they never turn away a deserving case]. In fact most of these lovely people really need a therapist of their own!
It need not be like that. Being a professional counsellor means that we must be in control of ourselves and so be able to efficiently and tactfully help others. Yes, often it is simply about listening to someone ... but often there is more.