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The Basics of Counselling: Counselling Redefined

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Counsellors help people of all ages to live happier, healthier, more productive and functional lives. People seek counselling for a variety of reasons such as depression, anxiety, coping with life transitions, life threatening illnesses, relationship trouble, different types of losses, distress, and different types of addictions to name a few. If we go back a few hundred years, we shall see that psychological issues were approached with unnecessary invasive treatments for lack of knowledge of what counselling or helping entailed and how it would work.

Thanks to the evolution of science and knowledge, we now have a clearer understanding of what counselling is and are able to look at issues in a different way. Today, the art of talking therapies such as counselling are used to helping people come to terms with any problems they are facing with an ultimate aim of overcoming them. 


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Counsellor, client, helping, professional, skills

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