Counseling takes place in the context of a professional helping relationship in which the counselor and the client work together to resolve a problem, change behavior, or foster personal growth and awareness.
Although you may have a number of helping relationships with friends or family, the counseling relationship is different in a number of ways.
1) The counseling relationship is not reciprocal. Your counselor's job is to focus on your concerns and to offer
you support and encouragement.
2) Your counselor is a trained professional who has spent years learning about different ways to help you resolve
your particular problem.
3) The counseling relationship is confidential. Whereas you hope your friends or family will respect your privacy,
your counselor is ethically bound by confidentiality.
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