Counselling is talking therapy where people can talk about their problems in a safe and nurturing environment with no fear of judgement or rejection. A Counsellor is a trained professional who can help you work through your personal problems. The Counsellor helps you to resolve problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self awareness. Counselling is usually a short term treatment for a specific problem. Counselling can be conducted either one to one, with couples, families or groups. Some of the common issues that may arise include self-esteem issues, depression, family issues/resolution, couples conflict resolution or mediation and anger management.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Counselling involves a therapeutic relationship between a qualified Counsellor and the client. It can be conducted one-to-one but is also a great way to have family or couples issues discussed so that all parties get to express their point of view with a neutral party facilitating the process. Counselling is basically about intense talking and listening whereby individuals come to terms with thier own thoughts and emotions. It enables people to become ‘unstuck’, to make important changes in their lives and to realise their potential. It makes connections between past events and current patterns of behaviour.
A counsellor and client will normally sit with one another for an hour to discuss any relevant issues which are presented by the client.
The counselling process involves a ‘getting to know you’ period just like any new relationship.
The client is able to choose a counsellor and counselling style which is best suited to their particular situation.
In order to make the counselling process as comfortable as possible, you may request either a male or female counsellor.
The counsellor and client play an equal role in the counselling process. There is no ‘expert’ in a counselling relationship.
The counsellor’s intention is to make the counselling process both safe and supportive.
Who do I see?
Chrissy Antonopoulos is lead Counsellor at Vital Health.