Counselling Skills

Core counselling skills that may be used in a helping relationship and describe how they may be used.

The core counselling skills which can be used in a helping relationship are active listening, reflecting, paraphrasing, summarising and use of silence and questions. While not a skill as such, the core conditions needed in the helper are empathy and a commitment to increase levels of self-awareness of own motivations and values and how these can impact the helping relationship.

Al of these core counselling skills are helpful in all kinds of helping relationships and helping activities, regardless of whether it is a formal counselling environment. (e.g. another example of a helping activity is between a parent and troubled teenager who needs to talk about their problems).


You might be interested in checking out one of our sister sites: Eastleigh Counselling or Addiction Helpline.