How it Works

The main activity in co-counseling involves participants arranging to meet regularly in pairs to give each other peer-to-peer counseling, in turn taking the role of counselor and client, with equal amounts of time allocated to each. Co-counseling functions by giving people who are unable to form real friendships an opportunity to work on whatever issues they choose with the accepting support of another person, with whom they have no actual relationship. The person in the role of counselor acts a facilitator to the client, sometimes as third-party observer and sometimes as second-party confidant. While co-counseling is sometimes practiced outside a formal organization, formal co-counseling organizations have developed leadership and support structures, including trainings and retreats.