What is Counselling?
Counselling is a working relationship in which you are helped to explore and manage what is happening in your life. Counselling is not about giving advice or telling a person what to do, nor is it about solving your problems for you, it's about working alongside a person to help clarify experiences and feelings.
The overall aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity for you to work towards a more satisfying experience of life, such as:
- personal development issues
- addressing and resolving specific problems
- making decisions
- coping with crisis
- working through feelings of inner conflict
- improving relationships with others
Some clients find that the ability to discuss their difficulties openly with someone they can trust is sufficient reason on its own to
enter counselling; just explaining things to someone impartial can often clarify the situation.
People enter into counselling for a wide variety of reasons:
- conflict at work
- dealing with current problems
- dealing with past problems
- planning for the future
- loss of confidence or motivation
- health problems: coping with poor health or that of a loved one
- depression: a common and very preventable illness, often responds well to counselling if
Counselling can help you come to terms with these kinds of specific issues and the many others that you may face on a daily basis. It can help you to understand your situation, review the options and decide upon actions.
How counselling works
As counsellors we are trained to avoid imposing our own views and answers to your situation. We are there to help you to realise your own potential and find the solution that works best for you. We may guide you to other services that can help with specific issues, where appropriate. If longer term
support is required, options will be discussed with you.