Counselling is the process that focuses on enhancing the psychological well being of the client, such that the client is then able to reach their full potential.
The counsellor facilitates personal growth development and self-understanding in the client, which in turn will empower the client to adapt to better constructive life practices.
In counselling the relationship between the client and counsellor is an essential part of the process, as the trust builds up the client is encouraged to look at aspects of their lives and relationships which they may not have felt able to face up to before. As bottled up feelings come into awareness the counsellor will encourage the expression of these feelings making it easier for the client to understand. The ultimate aim is for the client to make their own choices and then put them into action.
Counselling is a way of facilitating choice, change and reducing confusion. All information shared is classed as confidential and it is always at the request of the client as no one can be properly “sent” for counselling, it’s a personal choice.
Having counselling is not about been ill or inadequate, it is about making a positive choice to help yourself. Even in the most difficult times you know more about your own experiences than anyone else ever can. Your counsellor will not give you advice, just support you in finding your own way.
How long does it take?
This all depends on the counsellor, the problem and you. Some deep-rooted problems may take an hour a week for several months where as counselling for a short-term problem may only take a few sessions. This will be discussed in your first assessment session.