A child counsellor provides counselling on a variety of problems and disorders, such as relationship issues, depression due to family conflicts, exam-related anxiety and learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
What do they do?
A child counsello can also provide career guidance. Often these counsellors need to counsel parents, too, to address the root cause of a problem. Child counsellors work in hospitals and practise independently, too.
As a counsellor, you should have an inherent capacity to understand others, be a good balancer — understand the parents’ and the child’s viewpoints. You should be far-sighted and extremely sensitive in your communication style. Respect the person who is coming to you. If you try to impose things, communication could stop.
- Excellent communication skills
- Good interpersonal skills
- Open mindedness and objectivity to deal with the child
- Ability to win trust to establish rapport with the client
- Sensitive and non-intrusive
How do I get there?
Opt for any subject combination in Class 12 to be eligible for a bachelor’s in psychology. After that, do your graduation and master’s in psychology and/or a PG diploma in guidance and counselling. For better career prospects, you may do MPhil/PhD.