What are the skills needed by a counselor?

What are the basic skills a good counselor needs to have?

Kevin Mimms
Kevin Mimms
Building Better Connections

Here is a list of skills I use every session, and a short explanation of what they are:

  1. Reflecting: Paraphrasing what clients have said so that they know you understand them
  2. Validating: Helping clients to know that their point of view is valuable and rational
  3. Client-centered talk: Maintaining focus on the client in therapy sessions, rather than a therapist talking about themselves
  4. Attending: Nonverbal or verbal cues that indicate I am listening to a client (i.e., nodding, leaning in, affirmations)
  5. Reframing: Helping a client to see a problematic behavior or situation in a different way (usually only works well after they feel heard and understood)
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