The Registered Counsellor’s function as described in the scope of practice as set out by Health Professions Council describes the counselling function as the first line of treatment. The Registered Counsellor functions on the primary healthcare level and thus the main function is preventative in nature. Therefore it is outside the scope of practice of a Registered Counsellor to treat a person for any psychopathology (depression, anxiety etc.) whom already exhibits adequate symptoms to warrant a diagnosis, in such a case the person is referred to the relevant secondary healthcare practitioner such as a psychologist. Thus the role of the Registered Counsellor is similar to that of the Family Doctor or General Practitioner. If a person feels depressed for example and after consultation it is clear that the person does not exhibit adequate symptoms to warrant a diagnosis of depression may the Registered Counsellor commence treatment with the aim of assisting the person to deal with problem situation and to teach the person proper coping mechanisms to prevent the person from developing further symptoms which may warrant a diagnosis.


Registered Counsellors are generally consulted for the following problem situations:

  1. Depression
  2. Anxiety
  3. Addictions
  4. Trauma
  5. Relationships
  6. Losses
  7. Anger
  8. Burnout
  9. Suspicion of sexual abuse etc.
  10. Or just to offer an ear to someone in need of a place to blow off steam


In case you are unsure if Willie Trytsman can assist you with your problem situation are you invited to contact him for further information.