Chapter 1: What are the Counselling Professions?

Learning Objectives

This chapter presents a number of competing definitions of counselling and psychotherapy.

Reflection Questions

  • What is your understanding of the differences, and how do you understand and locate your own practice? 

With these questions in mind, watch the following videos:

Tim Bond indroduces eight scenarios on the topic of 'Can I help?'

Eight scenarios in which people describe the help they need

Six clients talk about their counselling experiences

Three counselling professionals discuss the 'medical model' – how it's applied in treating mental and emotional distress, the problems this causes and the implications for counselling practice