The essentials of counseling

Counseling, in simple terms, is nothing short of a backbone of psychology without which the entire field will be nonexistent. Almost every psychological therapy begins with the essentials of counseling, with the counselor trying his best to be of service to the patient in need. It takes the patient step by step towards the sense of well-being, restoring his confidence level and curbing any depression that exists. In this beneficial process, psychologist acts empathic, treating patient more like a human being with feelings than a living object with a medical condition, and hastening the process of recovery.

What are the dos of counseling?

Counseling is an art that has to be mastered before a psychologist in Dubai dares to experiment with its principles and essentials. One should know the right thing to say at the right time and at the right pace to provide effective and quick solutions.

  1. Start with listening attentively. Ask the person about his or her problems and listen intently to what he or she has to say.
  2. The sitting environment should be comfortable. You should be seated not more than a foot away from the patient and your chair should be directly in front of him. Try that there is no table or any other object between the two of you. During the session, close the door and turn off your mobile phone to avoid interruptions.
  3. Communicate both verbally and non-verbally. Show your support with a nod of the head and sentences like ‘okay, I understand did you feel anything else?’ or ‘what else did you do? Please go on.’ Maintain eye contact at all times except when the patient bursts into tears; many people don’t appreciate being looked at under such circumstances or feel embarrassed about it.

What are the Don’ts of counseling?

The essence of every beneficial practice including speech and language therapy in Dubai lies in its proper usage. Misuse of anything or improper implementation of a therapy is ineffective or does more harm than good.

1. Do not look at the timepiece again and again. The patient should feel that you have all the time in the world for him, glancing at wristwatch every now and then destroys this impression and the patient might start feeling uncomfortable about it; thinking that you are probably not eager to ascertain the cause of his stress or depression.

  1. Do not say things like ‘you should not have done it’. You do not have the right to be judgmental or make the patient uncomfortable with comments and remarks. No one needs your point of view, keep it to yourself.