Counselling is a generic term used alongside psychotherapy to describe a ‘talking therapy’. People choose ‘counselling’ firstly because it is a widely used term, and therefore seen as therapy to bring about emotional relief, understanding and acceptance or resolution of emotional distress in their life. Counselling involves meeting with a counsellor on a regular basis in order to discuss your difficulties, find solutions and regain good psychological health. The relationship is unequal in that you are there to address your own difficulties and not those of the counsellor, consequently you will have limited knowledge of your counsellor’s lifestyle and relationships.
How does it work?
Our counsellors are trained in person-centred counselling, an approach devised by Carl Rogers. The approach is based on the idea that a client enters into a relationship with a counsellor where the client is allowed to freely express emotions and feelings. This enables the client to come to terms with the negative feelings that may have caused emotional problems, and develop personal skills to manage these feelings. The objective is for the client to become able to see themselves as a person with power and freedom to change. Counselling can take place on a one to one basis, or as in couple counselling, where the couple meet with the counsellor to resolve relationship issues such as conflicts and challenges causing unnecessary and unbearable strain in a relationship.
What will happen in the Counselling session?
In the first session, the counsellor will need to find out more about you, to understand your difficulties, how long you have had them and what your goals are for the future and your expectations of the counselling. It may be that your counsellor recommends another type of ‘talking therapy’ more suited to your needs and, in some cases they may refer you to another therapist. However, the choice is yours and it is important to make sure your needs will be met appropriately.
MENTAL HEALTH FACT
1 in 4 British adults will experience some mental health problem in the course of a year.