What is counselling
Good question. It is a good question because there is often alot of confusion on the subject and alot of other terms that get applied to talking therapies.
It can for example be understood as subject based, e.g: addictions, bereavement, sexual, marriage etc. Fully qualified Counsellors receive a training that is rooted in two main aspects: psychological theory and clinical practice. They are able to counsel across the full spectrum of presenting problems (which may include those mentioned) and they may also have further training and specialise in other areas.
Theoretical training includes a significant psychological content on theories of personality and relational development.
Clinical training is based on the work in the counselling room with the client. The detail can vary from model to model but is based on the formation of a trusting, empathic and open relationship with the client.
The counsellor will help the client to explore their life and presenting problems and from there to establish a life that works better for them. This covers a broad spectrum which may be to resolve a specific difficulty or a longer journey towards experiencing life as a whole in a more fulfilling and purposeful way. This could include some existential counselling towards becoming ‘the person we were truly born to be’ (Kierkegard).
Counselling sessions are weekly and last for one hour. There is an initial interview to discuss the client’s needs and to enable you to decide whether we would be able to work together.