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Counseling provides preventive and developmental mental health services. It facilitates individual's optimum daily functioning and effective decision making processes.

Counselors work with children, adolescents, elderly, families, and individuals with special needs both individually and in a group setting. The common practice in Turkey is that counselors work with children and adolescents in a K-12 school setting. Counselors collaborate with students' teachers and their families in order help them acquire necessary life skills, which would assist them developmentally while at the same time gain life skills that is preventive in nature. Nowadays, counseling as a field is growing at a rapid rate.

In order to be successful in school, it is important for a student to be social, friendly, creative and assertive. Graduates of counseling programs continue to receive training in gaining to advance their psychotherapy skills.