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Do you have what it takes to be a counsellor?

Updated: 02/08/2016

If you think counselling is going to be easy, you’re wrong. If you think that you’ll just be sat there listening to other people’s problems and offering them advice then, again, you’d be wrong.

Do you have what it takes to be a counsellor?

The ability to empathise with others. It’s really important.

Counselling is a difficult career, but it can also be rewarding beyond measure. You have the chance to touch and significantly improve so many lives. Do you have what it takes to succeed in the industry?


Here’s a few traits that you’ll need in order to be a success:

  • You must have the ability to offer appropriate advice in a manner that another person can comfortably understand. Remember, you’re giving advice to the other person so it needs to be in a way which specifically helps them and not necessarily the way you prefer
  • You must be sensitive to the needs, feelings and problems of your clients. Failure to do so will mean you lose rapport and trust with them resulting in them not being able to open up to you
  • You’ll be dealing with lots of emotional issues so you must be comfortable in discussing them
  • Being able to focus your full attention on someone seeking advice, or counselling, will encourage that person to open up to you. Clock-watching and being easily distracted will be of no good to either of you
  • You must be non-judgemental
  • The ability to empathise with others. It’s really important that you understand your clients’ troubles and that you can empathise with them. This will help you give better advice and put your client at ease
  • Understanding your own life experiences, whilst acknowledging other new experiences, will enable you provide effective, supportive counselling

If you think you’ve got what it takes, click here to view the counselling courses we offer here at The Sheffield College.