Although Australian professional counselling services are well-established, a unified vision of what defines professional counselling identity in Australia remains elusively absent. Self-regulation within the Australian counselling profession contributes greatly to the strong development of professional training, ethics, and practice principles, yet a clear understanding of what constitutes professional counselling identity remains undefined. This paper proposes that, in order to develop awareness of what comprises professional counselling identity in Australia, the views of Australian counselling professionals are necessary. This paper offers a preliminary investigation of Australian professional counsellors’ views of what defines professional counselling identity.
Australian Counselling Research Journal / Vol. 10, No. 2, pp.1-31