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What is the role of a counselor? How many career paths are available in the profession of counseling?


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Counseling is emerging as one of the most demanding career paths, as there are many areas in one’s life, where making a decision or understanding a problem becomes way too much stressing, and we begin to seek an expert to whom we can express our thoughts, feelings, fears, insecurities or just simply could take an advice from to clear out confusions. This is where the need of a counselor kicks in. A counselor could help people in a lot of personal matters ranging from marriage, education, retrieving mental health, get over a trauma, family issue etc. They help people to keep moving forward in their lives by dealing well with whatever the problem or issue had been holding them back or blocking them from making the right decision.

An essential quality to become a successful counselor is to be compassionate and have a strong commitment to helping people to recover from whatever the issue they might be suffering from in their lives. This quality combined with excellent communication skills could bring out the most potential counselor in any field. There are a lot of specializations to explore if you are interested in becoming a counselor. You may pick the one to which you feel most drawn to. Here is a list:

  • Career and Guidance Counseling
  • Marriage and Relationship Counseling
  • Child Development Counseling
  • Mental (Emotional) Health Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling

Let’s discuss them all one by one.

 

Career and Guidance Counseling

Career counseling guides students and professionals to make right choices according to their interests and capabilities, and help professionals to become more efficient and productive in their work field. A career counselor looks at a person’s education level, work history, and helps them to figure out their strengths and weakness to make the right choice, changes, and improvements accordingly. Their main job is to help people with setting career goals, finding work, and dealing with stress on the job and other career /job-related issues.

 

Marriage and Relationship counseling

A Marriage/Relationship Counselor is capable of saving a dying marriage or relationship by a strong will of helping people to do better in their personal life. A marriage counselor listens patiently to couples’ issues, reasons for misunderstands, and their opinion of each other. Make them aware of the negative impact of wrong behavior and habits that is causing severe damage to the relationship. Suggest them ways of changing their bad behavioral habits and help them bring understanding and balance into a relationship. They also help couples and families to build better communication among each other.

 

ChildDevelopment Counseling

Stress and anxiety are often associated with adults only. If we talk about children, it is usually assumed that they live happily and enjoy mostly everything that they do. Their mental health is rarely a concern for their families but the truth is that even children go through stressful times during their childhood/teenage. Child development counselor helps children and teenagers to deal with emotional, behavioral and mental disorders. Children have a different way of thinking and looking at the world. Anxiety, depression, experimentation with alcohol and drugs, puberty and sexuality concerns, self-discipline, time management issues and family crisis such as death or divorce make a serious impact on a child/teenager’s mental health. A child counselor helps children and teenagers with all such issues.

 

Mental Health Counseling

Everybody goes through challenges in their life at some point or another. People at some stage in their life go through a stressful condition or situation which has very negative effect on their mental health. Being mentally stressed for a long period of time could push a person into depression which requires an expert’s attention. A medical counselor helps his/her patients to get over their mental issues and help them bring a positive outlook at their personal life.They provide psychological and emotional support to their patients.

 

Rehabilitation Counseling

Living a life with some kind of disability could never be easy. People with emotional, physical, mental and developmental disabilities lead a very hard life. A rehabilitation counselor helps such people to manage and overcome social, personal or psychological disorders associated with disabilities and help them live an independent life. Compassion is the key to helping people with such disabilities.

For further queries and related information, you can approach the Professional Experts at CareerGuide. Hope this will help you!

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