A licensed counselor Joseph Lamptey, has disclosed that counseling is not the same as giving advise.
According to Mr Lamptey, there’s a difference between advise and counseling.
“Counseling is not the same as giving advise, a lot of times people turn counseling to advise; he said,
Speaking to Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman on “My Lawyer My Counselor” show the counselor revealed that, during counseling the client must be helped to understand himself.
“If you are counseling don’t advise the person because counseling is designed to help the client to understand himself”.
He said; “As human you need to understand yourself, they need to understand things happening in their lives . People are often confuse because they don’t understand certain things . So the person didn’t come over for advise, you just need to help the person.
Nevertheless, counselors are to help clients to understand themselves through learning which will enable them reach their pre determined goal.
“The counselor is to help the client to understand himself through learning to reach his self… pre determined goal “
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What is counseling and what is advise ?
Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health.
Advise is to give an opinion or suggestion to someone about what should be done
By Afia Owusu/Myxyzonline.com|Ghana