What Is Counselling?
The term counselling refers to ‘talking therapies’ but is a therapy in its own right. Counselling is known to help with a number of mental health issues such as depression, anxieties and disorders.
Difficult emotions, life events and even physical health conditions can all be improved with counselling.
It is confidential and non-judgemental, while basing itself on empowerment. It offers you a safe and confidential place where you can be open to disclose your concerns.
Counselling is useful to explore the way we think and feel, while also analysing our behaviours around this. It can help with issues you are keen to resolve.
It can help you uncover insights and understand problems. It can also help to solve them with empowerment tools and strategies.
What Happens During Counselling?
During a counselling session, you will be encouraged to talk about what has brought you to counselling. What is discussed can vary depending on your needs and could include:
- Past and present events
- Feelings, emotions and thoughts
- Difficult situations
Each session is usually tailored to your needs. It can help to uncover insights and give a clearer understanding of what’s happening with you.
Counselling can sometimes feel painful as you may be discussing difficult issues. It is a process and a journey, not a quick fix. If you and the counsellor have built a strong relationship and you are willing to be honest in order to resolve your issues; you are on track for a successful outcome.
If you do not feel comfortable being open with your counsellor, it is OK to look for another one.
It is good practice to ensure your counsellor is a member of a professional body (such as BACP or NCS) which ensures they are working to certain standards. They should also hold professional qualifications.