The purpose of counselling is to help clients recognize their strengths, discover the beliefs and emotions that are restricting their emotional growth by talking openly and freely to someone who is impartial and emotionally free of entanglements.
A counsellor doesn’t give advice or judge a client. A counsellor allows the client to express a full range of emotions including but not limited to anger, resentment, guilt and fear in a safe and secure environment.
The counselling relationship is a formal contracted process that should conform to accepted practices.
The scope of this relationship includes
· Considering the health and wellbeing of the client
· Treat clients with patience and compassion
· Have an appreciation of cultural and religious diversity
· Listen and identify the concerns of the client
· Respect the right of a client to make their own decisions on their health care.
· Maintain and secure client records
· Abide by strict ethical principles and guidelines
· An agreement of the number of sessions and costs. A new contract can be raised if the client feels that they need further counselling.
The limitations of counselling are generally for the benefit of the client; these limitations don’t mean that a counsellor can’t continue to help their client. The limitations are in place so that if a client is experiencing suicidal thoughts or there is a risk of impending violence or abuse to themselves, others or children then the client should be referred to another more skilled psychiatrist or the client is advised to contact lifeline, kids help line or the suicide call back service.