A wide variety of people talk of counselling and describe themselves as counsellors, with insufficient clarity about what is meant. As we shall see, they often have little in common beyond superficial statements about ‘empowerment’. The skills employed can vary widely. A consensus about counselling, then, is lacking. However, many counsellors claim partial, or substantial, allegiance to one or more of the schools described in these chapters. If there is one authority above all others within counselling it is probably, still, Carl Rogers.
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