If an adult comes to a counsellor it is generally clear that the adult themselves is the client. Sometimes there is an element of legal compulsion or pressure from employers but generally speaking counselling is a voluntary activity by the adult who makes himself a client by seeking help. There are (important) arguments about how much the client is informed in his consent, in that he may not understand what counselling entails or what the ‘contract’ is going to involve, but at least he is coming under his own auspices and it is understood that he can withdraw at any time.
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