Usually, we think that a client that comes in to be counseled is looking for help to change. While this may be true in most cases, it is important to be aware of the wall that this can build between client and counselor.
Sometimes it is hard for clients to seek out help because it can make some them feel vulnerable, or as if they are engaging in behaviors that need to be corrected. Being humble can lessen a client’s feelings of vulnerability, whereas spewing all the facts one knows about why making a change is beneficial can make them feel inferior. Approaching the situation with humbleness is probably going to be more helpful in building a lasting provider-client relationship. Simply put, keep in mind that being the counselor does not imply that one is superior or more competent than the client.
You know the feeling of bad customer service? Yeah, not so great. Well, it is the same in a provider-client relationship. Giving off the impression that you do not truly care about the wellbeing of your client is not going to help them open up to you. You know you are doing what you love when the concern you have for others’ problems is genuine. Making sure that your client knows that you truly care for his or her wellbeing is going to make it much easier for them to open up to you. As a plus, in case you unintentionally say or do something offensive, it is easier to forgive someone when you are know they are genuinely trying their best.
This one is a no-brainer (ironically). Being able to provide accurate, quality information is key to successful counseling. The world of nutrition can get quite confusing when you do not know the difference between myth and fact. Therefore, it is important to be able to keep up with the recent research, and it is especially important to be able to recognize a strong study backed by the scientific community.
Of course there are many more qualities that make up a successful counselor, but these three qualities make up the foundation that make a counselor strong.