What is counselling?
Counselling falls under the umbrella term of ‘talking therapies’ which allows people to discuss what is troubling them in a safe, confidential environment. It is a process which people pursue when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.
Counsellors are not there to sit you down and tell you what to do - we will encourage you to talk about what's bothering you in order to explore your issue and identify your specific ways of thinking and we may then look at creating a plan to either help you reconcile your issues or help you to find ways of coping.
Counselling is not a one size fits all format; each therapy session is tailored to you the individual.
Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they're thinking or feeling in more detail, as well as anyone experiencing a problem or issue which they are keen to resolve. People may choose to speak to a counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to their spouse, partner, friends or family about their issues or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an impartial and objective viewpoint.
- Face-to-face - This is when you make an appointment with a counsellor to see them in person, usually at their practice. Face-to-face sessions are one of the more popular therapy formats because they provide an opportunity for you to react to any emotions that arise there and then.
- Couples - Couples counselling (which can also be referred to as marriage guidance) is a form of therapy that looks to improve communication and resolve issues within an intimate relationship. In contrast to counselling for relationship issues, which can be undertaken solely through individual sessions, couples counselling is a term applied to talk therapy for two people within a relationship. While couples counselling is ideally suited to couples attending the sessions together, if your partner is reluctant you can look to speak to a couples counsellor on your own to begin with. You may find your partner wants to join you after you have had some initial sessions alone - or you may find it helpful to intersperse couple sessions with individual sessions.
- Telephone counselling - For some, telephone counselling offers a helpful alternative to face-to-face counselling. This involves talking to your counsellor over the phone instead of in person. This form of counselling can be particularly useful for those too busy to attend face-to-face sessions, and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. This format also tends to be more flexible and can potentially reduce waiting list times.
Humanistic & Integrative Counselling
- Congruence: As therapists we should be self-aware, genuine, and congruent. This does not imply that we are a picture of perfection but that we are true to ourselves within the therapeutic relationship.
- Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR): The clients’ experiences, positive or negative, should be accepted by us the therapists without any conditions or judgment. In this way, you the client can share experiences without fear of being judged.
- Empathy: As therapists we demonstrate empathic understanding of our clients’ experiences and recognizes emotional experiences without getting emotionally involved ourselves.
- Person-centred Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Solution-focused Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Transactional Analysis
Counselling can help you with:
Low Self Esteem
Bereavement & Grief
Gender Identity & Sexuality
This is not an exhaustive list; please contact us if you would like to discuss if counselling would be right for you.
Counselling can help you: