Basic Principles of Counselling
- The aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity for a
client to work towards living in a more satisfying and
- Counselling is voluntarily and deliberately undertaken by
counsellor and client. It is different from other ways of
- Before counselling starts, the counsellor clarifies with the
client the basis on which counselling is to be given, including
method, duration, fees and confidentiality; changes can
subsequently be made only with the agreement of the client.
- In counselling the right of the client to make his or her own
decisions is respected.
- Counsellors continually monitor their own skills, experience,
resources and practice.
- Counsellors will be properly trained for their roles and be
committed to maintaining their competence.
- Counsellors will not misrepresent their training or
- Counsellors have regular and appropriate supervision /
- Counsellors do not abuse their position of trust financially
or emotionally or sexually.
- All that takes place between counsellor and client is treated
with respect and discretion.
Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy