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The interaction between a professional and an individual helping them to resolve a specific problem or issue.


It involves actively listening to an individual’s story and communicating understanding, respect and empathy; clarifying goals and assisting individuals with the decision-making process. Counselling is a mutual relationship between a counsellor (a professionally trained helper) and a client (a consumer of counselling services) (UNESCO 2002).
Most counselling is conducted on a one-to-one basis but counselling may also be carried out in a group setting.


Career Guidance and Counselling Glossary. Result of Leonardo da Vinci programme project “Overcoming Intercultural and Linguistic Barriers in Continuously Accessible Vocational Guidance and Counselling” (project No LT/03/B/F/LA-171023). Available from Internet:

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