Counselling Psychology Department
Trinity Western University
Article in Get Psyched Newsletter February 16, 1999
What makes counselling effective?
Clinical skills certain play a key role. The therapist-client relationship
is also important. But ultimately the quality of the counsellor
as a person matters the most.
Some people give you bad vibes,
even when they try to make a good impression. Some people seem to
exude a positive life energy, even through the telephone or e-mail.
An effective counsellor is a therapeutic
person. Being in the presence of such a person already has a healing
effect on the client.
In some “mysterious” ways, often
unconsciously, the positive attributes of the counsellor — hope,
faith, love and joy— are absorbed by the client. This transforming
effect is achieved through osmosis rather than intentional intervention.
Unfortunately, most counsellor
training programs only focus on clinical skills. Here at Trinity
Western University, we care about students’ personal development
and spiritual growth.
We provide a dynamic learning,
healing and spiritual community in which students can develop their
therapeutic attributes — this is the uniqueness of our graduate
program in counselling psychology!
Reprinted by permission. International
Network on Personal Meaning