Therefore, many of the barriers to effective counseling are those related to communication. It takes a cooperative effort by both the person receiving counseling and the counselor. The sender should not sacrifice completeness to attain conciseness. 1. Communication with Ourselves – Self- Awareness It takes a cooperative effort by both the person receiving counseling and the counselor. Effective communication transmits a complete message so that the receiver can understand the full meaning of the message. To a great extent, the counseling process is concerned with effective communication. Good communication skills are very important for us to bring across our message and to do service. Effective counseling is a two way street. Active Listening; Interpersonal Dialogue; Conflict resolution; Understanding Cultural Biases/Gender Inequities; and Counseling in times of Stress, Traumas, Disasters & Special Situations. Correctness; Effective communication contains only the correct messages. Effective counseling is a two way street. Characteristics of Effective Counseling. And it takes a commitment to …