What is counselling?Counselling, sometimes called Talking Therapy, gives people a safe, non-judgemental space in which they can explore their inner world. This can help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can begin to understand the why behind why you are feeling and/or acting the way you are and take steps to change, if this is what you want to do.
A counsellor is someone who will not tell you how to resolve your issues, instead they work with you to find the best way of dealing with them. The work you and your counsellor do is seek out the root causes of your behaviours and your reactions to these. Once you have begun to talk about these causes, processing and healing can take place.
How can counselling help?
This will depend on the person receiving the counselling because each client is unique in how they approach the process. Counselling is best when you work in collaboration with your counsellor which means you both work to achieve what it is you want.
The counsellor provides the space for you to say what you want without the fear of judgement; you can be free to explore what you feel is needed to move on. The counsellor may also offer other ways of working. This may be worksheets which help you to focus on an issue and your thoughts around it or creative work allowing you the freedom to express an emotion or feeling which is difficult to put into words.
All that is expected of you, as the client, is that you arrive on time to sessions and embrace the change that happens. It may take a while as counselling is not a quick fix but with collaboration you can begin to heal and move forward once again.