How effective is the counsellors in our educational institutions?Today many educational institutions, from the school to the University level, have appointed counsellors, considering them essential. Their role is to be good listeners, to pay attention to students' emotional, mental, and psychological issues, and help them to face challenges. These challenges may be on the personal front or academic in nature. They can even help in the development of social skills, provide advice on a career, etc. Generally, their aim is to care about the wellbeing of a student.
Have you ever had a school, college or university counsellor and did you approach them for any reason (no need to state the reason)? Was the counsellor effective in helping out, in terms of giving useful advice and helping you to overcome the problem you faced? In general, are such counsellors really an asset on the staff rolls?