What Is a Helping Relationship?

A helping relationship is one in which one or both parties benefit from relating to the other. Most specifically, a helping relationship is one between a doctor or counselor and the patient.

A helping relationship is normally one that helps a victim of a circumstance to get better. If, for example, someone is dealing with depression, a counselor may help them explore various issues and afterward the patient starts feeling better.

For such a relationship to work, the person helping must be genuine, understanding and determined to achieve positive results. Help in this instance is not imposed on the victim. However, certain suggestions may be made for the victim to consider.