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