Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. Most people struggle to be able to be open and honest with their thoughts or feelings, for fear of being judged. In counselling, the client and counsellor form what is called The Counselling Relationship. The counselling relationship foster a connection between the counsellor and client where the client is able to explore their feelings, thoughts and beliefs in a safe environment where they do not feel censored or the need to confirm. People from all walks of life will benefit from counselling. Luckily, more and more people are realising the benefits of counselling and it can be widely accessed.
Counselling is often used to tackle a wide range of problems including anxiety, low self esteem, depression, stress, low confidence, problems with relationships, problem behaviours, loneliness and isolation.
- The process that occurs when a client and counsellor set aside time to explore difficulties which may include the stressful or emotional feelings of the client.
- The act of helping the client to see things more clearly, possibly from a different view-point. This can enable the client to focus on feelings, experiences or behaviour, with a goal of facilitating positive change.
- A relationship of trust. Confidentiality is paramount to successful counselling. Professional counsellors will usually explain their policy on confidentiality. They may, however, be required by law to disclose information if they believe that there is a risk to life.
Counselling is not:
- Giving advice.
- Being judgemental.
- Attempting to sort out the problems of the client. Counselling will enable the client to sort out their own problems.