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What is Counseling?

The following is the official definition of counseling approved by the Board of Members of Assocounseling in the plenary session of April 2, 2011:

 

Professional Counseling is an activity whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of the client, holding their strengths and their capacities for self-determination. The counseling provides an opportunity for generating active listening and reflection leading to exploring difficulties related to developmental processes, phase transitions or crises; counseling strengthens the ability to choose and change. As an intervention, counseling uses several different methodologies and theoretical orientations; it can be oriented towards the individual, families, groups or institutions and it can be carried out in different areas, including individual, social, school, health and business counseling.

 

A counseling meeting involves a professional counselor and a person (or group) looking for a respectful and supportive space to ponder on some aspects of their life. The counselor is responsible for creating and keeping this space. To do this, the counselor applies empathic listening skills and awareness unfoldment exercises that encourage the person (or group) to find their own answers, explore their potential and multiply the resources that are an integral part of their own being. The counselor gives support to the person (or group) by highlighting their strengths and their capacity for self-determination.

 

Counseling is a human relationship and a professional activity as well. By definition it is short-termed, based on certain objectives that are co-defined by the client (or group) and the counselor, mostly on concrete and specific aspects of everyday life and relational life. Counseling does not replace the other kinds of professional support. In fact, a professional counselor can provide guidance to the client as to the right professional to consult in any given situation (psychologist, therapist, family mediator, physician, naturopathic doctor, etc.) Counseling does not offer magical answers and easy solutions; the counselor accompanies the person in their search for answers and alternatives through a way of being present empathetically, friendly and, above all, non-judgmental listening.

 

When Psychosynthesis meets counseling, the goal is to provide a holistic view of life that can be likened to a journey towards integration and synthesis of all our resources. As Diana. Whitmore says, the purpose of Psychosynthesis counseling is first, to help integrate and synthesize the multiple aspects of the personality around a personal center and, then, to achieve a later, larger synthesis between the personality and the Transpersonal Self. In Psychosynthesis there is a consideration for the ultimate, immanent and transcendent nature that is at the center of life, the Self. Even if in some cases the deeper aspects of our constitution are well beyond the scope and purpose of counseling, this perspective is present as a frame of reference in the counselor, who maintains a bifocal view of reality: personal and transpersonal. This is, really, the keynote of Psychosynthesis counseling.