Who Uses Counselling Skills?

This is quite an interesting topic, counselling skills are really ‘the art of listening’ and are practised by any number of people in any number of work roles. We naturally think of some professions where counselling skills would be useful such as , Nursing , Social work , the medical profession, Police and Ambulance service to name a few. However the ‘art of listening’ can be practised by almost anybody and is, here are a few ideas. On a recent visit to my hairdresser a woman customer sat next to me was telling her stylist the difficulties she was having in her relationship.

The stylist listened patiently, did not judge or offer advice and seemed to understand her difficulty and paid attention.  Clearly the hair stylist had mastered ‘the art of listening’. On a train journey the Edinburgh, I sat and listened to two strangers sat opposite having a conversation., The listener showed an non-judgmental attitude , was patient and only asked questions to clarify their understanding , consequently the second passenger spoke about a lot of personal issues to a stranger on a train, because the first passenger knew ‘the art of listening’ We live in a society where we are consistently ‘talked at’, let me ask you this question who do you prefer to be with, someone who talks to you or someone that listens to you? Can you think of any other work roles that require counselling skills?