What is counselling?
What is counselling (sometimes known as psychotherapy)?; is a good question. Often there is a lot of confusion on the subject and a lot of other terms that get applied to talking therapies.
– Different approaches
For example it can 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.
Equally they are able to counsel across the full spectrum of presenting problems (which may include those mentioned). 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. However it is based on the formation of a trusting, empathic and open relationship with the client.
– The person you were born to be
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.
Equally 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. This enables you to decide whether we would be able to work together.