What Is a Counselor?
Counselors are professionals who provide assistance to people in managing mental health issues and overcoming difficulties. Generally, counselors possess a master’s degree and are licensed in their state.
Counselors offer short-term psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families to address issues or mental health concerns. Typically, they will address past problems as well as treat conditions like anxiety or depression.
Counseling services come in many forms, each offering their own distinctive approach to helping individuals cope with various issues and mental health concerns. Some examples include marriage, family, and child therapy; psychiatric/psychological services for adults; substance abuse treatment, grief counseling, adjustment counseling; rehabilitation/disability services.
Counseling can refer to a range of services designed to assist individuals with personal or relationship difficulties, such as family therapy, divorce mediation, and anger management. While there is no single definition for counseling, typically involves working together with an experienced and trained professional over a short period of time in order to address emotional or behavioral concerns.
From Latin consilior, from consilium, meaning plan or council. From Old English raedgiefa (translated as “advice giver”), an expression meaning someone who offers advice.
Biblically, the term was frequently used to refer to God Himself; the Creator described His Son as a counselor or advocate in the heavenly court (Psalm 16:7; 32:8; 33:11; 73:24). Additionally, Johannine writings use it in reference to Christ’s ascension.
American English typically pronounces counselor with a hard e, while British English usually uses a soft d. However, there are exceptions to this rule.