Specialist Wellness Counsellor – Description

A Specialist Wellness Counsellor is a member with an applicable postgraduate qualification on NQF level 8 and at least 100 hours of practical experience.  They serve to enhance the total wellbeing of their clients by making use of a systems approach to counselling – working towards achieving wholeness within the integrative unity of body, mind and spirit.

The level of counselling is that of primary health care.

Specialist Counsellors specialize in one or more of the following areas of counselling/coaching:

  • Individual counselling
  • Marriage counselling
  • Life style coaching
  • Counselling for problems
  • Trauma counselling
  • Drug and alcohol abuse counselling
  • HIV/AIDS counselling
  • Counselling for gambling research in the domain of counselling
  • Addiction
  • Bereavement counselling
  • Hospice counselling
  • Support and assistance in human development

The Specialist Wellness Counsellor is competent to lend comprehensive and specialized counselling support towards the improvement of the quality of life by assisting client’s in resolving conflicts, improving relationships, sorting out general problems, coping with life’s challenges and finding inner peace.

Specialist Wellness Counsellors are required to refer clients to medical and psychological professionals if they identify needs that require specialized intervention such as mood, personality and anxiety disorders and health related problems that require medical attention.

Reference: Designations