People always get in toll between counseling and advice.
“Is it just talking and giving advices What is Counseling, Mam?” 22 years, Raman student having Career fluctuation once asked me!
Many of clients feels sitting an hour with a person, sharing issues can now be called ‘Counseling’ as they only advised me something, my parents told me earlier.
Even some feels, counseling is not more than talks which I did many times for my friends issues.
Psychology is a science that deals with studying human behavior and the way to find how someone behave and act is the process of asking questions people usually discern counseling and advice as they feel that both are ways to find solutions and face problems thereby helping in human development.
Knowing the difference between both terms helps you to opt for right services beneficial to you.
- Advices are piece of suggestion provided by anyone preferably superior, to solve particular issues whereas counseling is a professional advice from an expert preferably counselor to overcome psychological issues.
May be someone feels it’s the same way of talking, asking questions and giving solution but in counseling preference is of maintaining therapeutic environment, listening skills, knowing what to ask, when and how so that individual integrity doesn’t get hurt.
- Secondly, advice would be giving solution from someone point of view by their general and personal experience whereas, Counseling is a process related to finding problem first, then identifying the core reason and lastly helping the client to solve it by staying by their side.
For example: Taking advice from someone who had marital issues on past always point out that girls/ladies are bad to trust on. Hence, people give advices based on their experience without knowing much, the other side might have different scenarios.
- Advice if given depends on receiver advice to follow or ignore whether counseling aims at implementing the suitable solution arrived after discussion (Session).
For example: In many cases, people actually know what they need to do to get out of stress, but they can’t do it may be because no courage or fear of being alone. Like in marital violence cases, the lady know she needs to raise voice but she don’t do it, as she feels what her parents feel about her husband, which actually worsens the situation further.
So, counseling works not only on giving solution but also helps you to achieve it. Even counselor supports you in journey of fighting with your negatives.
- Advice can be biased rather counseling aims at giving solution based on person’s personality i.e. strengths or weakness. Advice given can go biased as family members usually hide the weakness of you to make you happy momentarily. For example: Mamta, 18 years, college girl reported that she always gets ditched in friendship and when she ask this with her mother., She always says “You are my darling daughter ,your friends might have some personal incompatibility that is why they don’t value your friendship, LEAVE THE ISSUE AND ENJOY”
Yes, it happens, when you have to solve issues of someone near to you, you hide things and try to give happiness but the root causes never reaches to end. In counseling, we tries to judge personality first therapeutically, handle the weakness and strength and then work on it so that the issue gets resolve completely by making suitable changes in nature.
- Advice is given by advisor, helps you fight with your immediate state of confusion. While a counselor direct your life in a direction of positivity being a motivator, inspirer, encourager or career guide etc.
Like: If you are confuse, what to wear on particular event. You can seek advice from your mothers but opting for a career option that will further decide your future needs Career counseling by evaluating what are your strengths, types of intelligence and then, coming to a professional advice where you can achieve peak of efficiency.
- Advice is mostly preventive, it guides you “not to do”, “not to go” in a way stopping you from fall but counseling is remedial and curative so that psychological issues like depression, anxiety will fade with day by day session.
For example: Advising on right attire to wear on marriage will prevent you from looking bad but depression due to opting wrong career option can be corrected by counseling in therapeutic way.
- Advices can be taken openly or in group but counselings are always confidential. Advices can be taken in friends group or actively working daily but counseling maintains confidentially so that your issues remain to yourself and given direction rather than mocking in society.
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