In this article the author introduces a methodology that helps counselors understand the recognition process of the mutual roles professional and client co-build during the whole process of counseling. Starting from the analysis of a metalogue by Bateson, the article illustrates how to conduct an asymmetrical conversation, in which the client asks for help to find an answer to a personal problem. In this way, the definition of counseling enriches itself, because it values both the asymmetry of the roles and the complementarity of the parties towards the Language that speaks through them. The analysis of a case illustrates this methodology.
Keywords: Otherness, counselor, dialogue, metalogue, setting, recognition