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Counselling is a process that involves a trained professional helping individuals work through personal issues, emotional challenges, and other difficulties. But what exactly makes counselling "good"? While many factors contribute to effective counselling, some key elements include empathy, rapport, and expertise.

One of the most important aspects of good counselling is empathy.

A skilled counsellor should be able to empathise with their clients' experiences and provide a safe and supportive environment to explore their thoughts and feelings. This helps individuals feel heard and understood, which can be incredibly validating and empowering.

Another critical component of good counselling is the establishment of rapport between the counsellor and the client. Trust is vital in any therapeutic relationship, and a good counsellor will work to create a connection with their client built on mutual respect and understanding.

When clients feel comfortable with their counsellor, they are likelier to open up and share their experiences honestly and openly.

Finally, expertise is another important factor in good counselling. A trained and experienced counsellor will have the knowledge and skills to help individuals effectively work through their challenges. In psychodynamic counselling, the frequently used skills are active listening, reflection, clarification, interpretation, holding and silence.

Ultimately, good counselling is about creating a supportive and empowering environment in which individuals can work through their challenges and find a path forward. With empathy, rapport, and expertise, skilled counsellors can help their clients overcome obstacles, build resilience, and live more fulfilling lives.

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