Janice Marsh

Registered Counsellor


Preventive ​Counselling

17 August 2020


A holistic approach to our well-being is a widely accepted concept:

* physical well-being * social well-being * psycho-emotional well-being.

Physical and social well-being are almost an everyday term for a good number of us.

Having daily exercises, eating well and/or having coffee with a friend.


But psycho-emotional wellbeing?

Is this really necessary? Does it really matter?

That’s where preventive counselling becomes the focus.



Preventive Counselling has 2 goals: interference and education. (Collins, 1987)


Preventive Interference: 

anticipating a problem and doing what we can to keep the anticipated problem from arising.


Preventive Education: 

deliberately addressing and considering life issues, in order one may be prepared to cope with life stresses, which may potentially become overwhelming if confronted, with little preparation. E.g. loss of a loved one, unemployment, bad grades.


Some advantages of Preventive Counselling: could build resilience, reduce anxiety, improve relationship, compliment the holistic approach to your wellbeing.


Preventive Counselling also works well with children and teens.


Helping parents who finds it difficult to connect with their children. Creating a safe space for the children to share ideas and emotions, especially in a culture today where children and teens are facing tremendous social stresses and expectations from social medias and cultures.


References

Collins, G., 1987. Innovative Approaches To Counselling. Milton Keynes, England: Word Pub.​