What is Counselling?

This is a definition from the BACP:

 

“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.”

 

A nice definition but it doesn’t tell us anything much does it?

So what is counselling all about?

 

At its core it is based on a trusting relationship, but if it was just that, then chatting to a friend would be all we need, and counsellors would not need to train for years!

 

  • I can help you explore why you feel a certain way and help you to develop your own resources for dealing with these feelings.

  • Counselling clarifies problems and works with your needs and goals. I believe that you have your own answers within you and together we can find them.

  • This is a space to discuss and explore where you are at, without judgement

  • It’s not the stereotype of talking to a silent counsellor. It is interactive and collaborative.

 

What counselling is not.

 

  • I don’t give advice. I help you find your own unique answers. I don't believe you don’t need to be told what to do. Advice is judgemental and subjective,

  • It’s not a magic answer. We are all out of unicorn dust and wands.

  • It’s not a quick fix. Counselling may take time, and effort

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