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Accurate Responding allows the counsellor to confirm with the client that they are being heard correctly. Noting and reflecting are used to bring out underlying feelings. When are they used? Responding is useful throughout all stages of a counselling interview. It helps the counsellor to clarify and encourage clients’ stories. This is also ... Read More


Questions during the counselling session can help to open up new areas for discussion. They can assist to pinpoint an issue and they can assist to clarify information that at first may seem ambiguous to the counsellor. Questions that invite clients to think or recall information can aid in a ... Read More

Attending Behaviour

Attending behaviour is a counselling microskill used to encourage clients to talk and show that the counsellor is interested in what’s being said. When is it used? Throughout the entire counselling interview. Particularly important in the initial stages of establishing rapport. Examples  Attentive body language (eye contact, leaning forward slightly, encouraging gestures). Eye contact ... Read More

Preventing Depression

Prevention is defined as "interventions that occur before the initial onset of a disorder to prevent the development of disorder" (Mrazek & Haggerty, 1994, p. 23).
The prevention of depression relies on reducing the risk factors for mental disorder, as well as enhancing the protective factors that promote mental health. The ... Read More

Exploring Child Abuse

There has been heightened awareness over the years of what effects domestic violence, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, street violence and catastrophic events have on children. Traumatized children experience a large range of emotions and psychological pain including anxiety, helplessness, fear, loneliness, depression, vulnerability and despair (Malchiodi, 1998). Anxiety is a common ... Read More

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