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The best counselor for someone who
needs a little help coping with, and eventually enjoying life, is someone who is
going through the same experiences. Thankfully, there is an entire school of experts
who actually align themselves with these ideas and can work with two
people at the same time through a powerful, simplistic method. This unique method of therapy is
peer counseling. The expertise comes from experience.
Peer counseling, also referred to as co-counseling, is the
practice of two people counseling each other in which both people act as
counselor for half of the session. Neither of
these people need be qualified to be counselors in the sense that they have studied
or have much experience in counseling, but both are very potent teachers and
listeners as they relate to each other with the most effective teacher of all -
Although people who are trained in psychology and
certified on paper to be therapists or counselors know much of the human mind
, there is much more to truly effective counseling than this
kind of factual knowledge. The key to catalyzing positive change in someone is
through sincere empathy, which is achieved through similar experiences. Certified counselors often participate in peer counseling by acting as a referee of sorts.
Needless to say, a peer counseling session can offer many
advantages over the traditional one-on-one or group therapy session. The
exchange of roles and the mutual act of going through a healing process
together diversifies and strengthens the experience of counseling immensely.
setting is also a very pivotal improvement from conventional therapy in a
number of ways. As long as there is a genuine connection between the client and
the counselor through experience, then the window to progress remains open. No
one will ever know of what is divulged in peer counseling sessions other than
the peers themselves, unless explicit permission is given.
Everyone needs help at some point in their life. Peer counseling, especially with a trained psychologist on board, is a great way to seek solace and understanding in a non-traditional counseling session.
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