Because of our individual differences, there is always bound to be confusion or misunderstanding in all relationships. A professionally trained person (Counsellor) has to use his / her skills to assist individuals who need help to deal with their concerns. This is done through Counselling – which is meant to provide avenues for healing or growth. Many people have defined Counselling in different ways, depending upon the recipients of counselling and at times the setting. It is an art and it seeks to restore breakdown in communication within a relationship.
It is a process, a way of responding and relating to another person – a person in need. So that he is helped to explore his or her thoughts, feelings and behaviour, resulting in a clearer self-understanding, then find and use own resources to cope more effectively with life in; making appropriate and right relevant and meaningful decisions. In counselling we recognize a need to offer help to the needy – wife and husband, youth, students, the elderly, the lonely who may have personal problems. Concerns of human relationships between parents and children, men, women, races/nations, presidents, his ministers/nation.
Counselling also provides healing and growth to many individuals who are hurting, confused, embittered, depressed, oppressed and dying. Counselling therefore provides avenues of healing or growth.