The Importance Of A Licensed Counselor, A College Student Working At A Summer Camp

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The title, counselor, seems to have many different meanings depending on who you are speaking with. A counselor could be a college student working at a summer camp. Another holding the title counselor might work in a local school. Moreover, counselors exist in offices and treatment centers across the world. It would make sense if every person who encounters these different counselors have different expectations of their counselor’s role. Yet, all of these different people hold the same title. Accordingly, it would seem clarifying the definition of a licensed counselor’s role and what makes them effective in this role is a good starting point before entering into the field. The American Counseling Association (2016) defines professional counseling as, “…a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals”. This definition is a good starting point, but it would be of more value to process what traits and practices make a counselor effective at “empowering” clients. I believe an effective counselor is a willing listener, self-aware, and is flexible & intentional. Moreover, some of the skills I suppose effective therapists exhibit are: empathy, observation, and collaboration.
Traits of an effective counselor
To begin with, I judge anyone who would be effective in the professional counseling field is going to be a willing listener. At the core of counseling is listening, because

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