What is counselling?
Counselling is a supportive and collaborative process where clients are helped to deal with aspects of their life that may be causing them stress, worry, fear, anxiety, anger, and/or confusion. Counselling can help clients to identify coping strategies that are no longer working and offer new and effective ways of dealing with problems. Counselling can also help clients to achieve new insights into themselves and their relationships. In its entirety, counselling is a process that gives individuals an opportunity to explore new and effective ways of understanding and dealing with the challenges that face them, enabling them to grow, move forward and live more fulfilling lives with a greater sense of well-being.
What does a counsellor do?
The Counsellor provides the client with support, guidance and encouragement in understanding and coping with problems, resolving issues, attaining goals and achieving personal insight. The counsellor may often be the only source of support that a client has, offering a warm and friendly place where a client can open up and feel safe sharing their personal struggles.
Working from a respectful, client-centred approach, I can guide you through a process of investigation to understand the source of the issue, to identify what is working well, what is not working well and any barriers that may be preventing you from achieving your goals. Building on your own strengths, I work collaboratively with you to identify solutions or alternative courses of action. Although clients’ goals for counselling are as individual and varied as the clients themselves, typically my clients leave counselling feeling emotionally stronger, empowered and more capable of dealing with the issues facing them.
When to seek counselling?
Counselling is something we may all benefit from at various times in our lives. We are all striving to live fulfilling and productive lives but occasionally we encounter problems or situations that maybe too much to handle on our own. Sometimes the way we typically handle a problem isn’t working anymore. Or, maybe it’s an accumulation of things that gets us down, making us feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with even the smallest things. Perhaps there’s a situation or a relationship that has become disruptive in our lives. Or maybe there’s something deeper that you want to explore in yourself; an issue or a hurt that is ready to be healed.
No matter what the reason, the decision to seek help is a sign of strength and courage. No-one questions us when we consult with a professional regarding financial matters, home renovations or medical conditions. Similarly, working with a counsellor can provide us with knowledge & understanding; reinforce our current strengths; and offer new solutions and adaptations to life’s challenges in a meaningful and rewarding way.
Counselling can be used at any time, for whatever reason, big or small. It is a vehicle of insight, change, prevention and life enhancement.
A counsellor can help with...
- Achieving work/life balance
- Childhood and Adult Abuse
- Conflict Resolution
- Coping with Chronic Illness
- Couple Communication
- Eating Disorders
- Family Conflict
- Grief & loss
- Job change or career transition
- Marital & Relationship Issues
- Mood Disorders
- Parent Education
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