Counseling is an activity of trained personnel who guides and assists people in their personal problems relating to emotions and feelings. This is an act of helping the client to look at his/her problem from a different perspective. This will enable the client to focus more on feelings and behaviors aiming at achieving a positive change. Counselling is neither giving advice nor being judgemental. It is just helping the client to look at the problem from a different view point based on value system.
Many people at some point of time in their lives act as counselors or use counseling skills while giving advices to their friends or colleagues. But there is a great difference between a professional counselor and a person who uses training skills as a part of their role. A professional counselor is one who uses different approaches of counseling with his/her clients.