Explain eclectic counselling
Characteristics of Eclectic Counselling
- It is a combination of Directive and Non directive counselling.
- The counsellor can start with Directive but if and when the situation demands the counsellor may switch over to non-directive counselling and vice-versa.
- It is flexible in nature.
Steps in eclectic counselling
- Diagnosis of the cause
- Analysis of the problem
- Preparation of a tentative plan for modifying factors related to the problem.
- Securing effective conditions for counselling.
- Interview and stimulating the client to develop his own resources and to assume his responsibilities for trying new modes of adjustments.
- Proper handling of any related problems which may contribute to adjustment.
Process in eclectic counselling
- Client comes to the counsellor
- Interview of counselee by counsellor.
- During interview, the counsellor uses both techniques directive and non-directive.
- Counsellor proceeds in such a way that counselee becomes wiser to deal with all problems in the present and future also.
Merits of eclectic counselling
- Freedom of choice and expression is open to both counsellor as well as client.
- Both of them adjust to serve the purpose of relationship.
- Both of them have confidence and faith in the relationship.
- There is flexibility – no hard and fast rule.
Limitations of eclectic counselling
- According to most thinkers, eclecticism is not possible.
- It is a very idealistic method to apply.
- Directive and non-directive cannot be merged together.
- It is very vague, superficial and opposite.