Counselling, What is it all about...
“The process of assisting and guiding clients, especially by a trained person on a professional basis, to resolve especially personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties.”
Counselling comes under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’ and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental environment.
Generally, Counselling is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.
A counsellor is not there to sit you down and tell you what to do - instead, they will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific ways of thinking.
The counsellor may then look to create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues or help you to find ways of coping. The format of each session will normally be tailored to the needs discussed within the session and may include tasks or techniques to help make thoughts or feelings easier to manage.
How does Counselling work
Having a safe detached space to say exactly how you feel and to explore those thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental environment, can be very beneficial to uncover your own insight and understanding of where you are within your thoughts.
We can plan to use tools and ideas to help you resolve or manage your situation so that it starts to feel easier or is in your thoughts less often.
Knowledge is power, when you have a clearer understanding of your situation it is easier to gradually navigate your way through any difficulties you are facing and can start to feel more positive.
Making the decision to see a counsellor can be a daunting one. Many of us find it difficult to talk about what is making us feel unfulfilled or unhappy. Instead, we suppress our emotional needs and just 'get on with it'. This approach can cause distress and pain which may lead to stress, anxiety, depression and poor mental health.
Talking to a friend or work colleague can help temporarily. However, I believe that human suffering is best attended to through the offering of a therapeutic relationship.
A therapeutic relationship offers you time to talk through whatever is on your mind - relationship problems, loss, anxiety, work issues, depression or something else - free from opinion or judgement. As your counsellor, we will work collaboratively, at your pace, to understand you and your concerns better, because with awareness comes choice, we can choose to do things differently.
Whatever you bring to therapy, rest assured you will be treated with warmth, compassion, dignity and respect.