WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
Counselling is a way of facilitating choice or change or reducing confusion.
The client is his/her own expert and the counsellors' role is to help facilitate their healing and growth by listening with concern and without judgement, within a safe and supportive environment. The client will be encouraged to focus on themselves and to express their feelings, the counsellor will tell the client what they notice and sense, enabling them to gain a greater understanding of themselves and discover new ways of coping with their difficulties.
Frequently these feelings may become even more intense during counselling or new ones emerge, whilst this can be difficult it can also become empowering.
The unique relationship between the client and counsellor is an essential part of the process and may not be like any other that the client has experienced elsewhere (i.e., friends, doctors, social workers or other professionals). However, counsellors will not befriend nor become a long term support to them.
The ultimate aim of counselling is for the client to make their own choices and put them into action.
~ Be the change you want to see in your life ~