Counseling in Mental Health
Ultimately, counselling is (or must be) about learning and practicing how to HELP YOURSELF. A counselor's job or task is to help others to help themselves! A misconception among general society about counseling relates to advice giving. A counsellor should only give advice in certain or particular situations or under certain circumstances such as if somebody is pointing a deadly weapon to their own head (the counselor could rightfully use "should" then in such circumstances). Generally, for a counselor to give advice is going against the principles of what counseling is about or intended to be (if used correctly) A core idea of counseling as a general rule of thumb is for the client (or person receiving counseling) to grow in him or herself and become self-sufficient as far as handling/managing current and future problems, NOT to become dependent on a counsellor or ANYBODY else to make decisions for them (such as advice giving) which will only hinder or stalemate personal growth and resolution of problems. Learn more about postpartum depression counselling, go here.
Then, what is counseling? Yes it is a helping relationship in that the counselor helps people to help themselves. A counselor does not (or should not) DO for others (apart from in exceptional circumstances). Counseling is a therapeutic relationship conducive to personal growth, awareness and the development of problem solving skills in order to deal with general life issues. However, counseling is an ever-evolving field or practice and there are many specialist counselors who are highly competent and very, very skilled in areas such as grief and loss. There is some debate about whether counseling and psychotherapy are different, and generally there does tend to be differences. As a general rule or guide, even though a counselor may practice general or specific types of psychotherapy, a counselor is generally or often not as well endeared in formal recognized qualifications as psychotherapists. What are psychotherapists? They are various practitioners with training and skills in psychotherapy ranging from family therapists to psychiatrists. They are professionals who may have masters or doctorate degrees in particular mental health fields and they are generally licensed, certified and registered and this means that they are recognized by governmental agencies or particular other psychological agencies. A counselor may have recognized skills too, but not necessarily in the form of a masters or doctorate degree. A counselor may obtain a diploma of counseling and psychotherapy but never obtain higher qualifications. Here's a good read about Calgary Psychologist, check it out!