What is it?
Counselling is a therapeutic process whereby one person – the therapist, advises (counsels) another – the client, on how best to address and resolve the issues that are troubling them.
In days gone by counsellors would have been the elders in a community assisting others by means of their own hard won wisdom in the school of life.
Nowadays counsellors are trained and come from a variety of backgrounds – although the school of life is still a valuable training resource! I like to think of counselling as a process whereby the client and the therapist explore the issues being presented and together reach a better understanding of the situation, the forces that have created it, and how best to address it.
It is therefore a collaborative process that relies on the development of a safe, confidential, and caring relationship between you (the client) and me (the therapist). In this relationship I endeavour to act as a non-judgemental facilitator assisting you to better understand your feelings, behavioural patterns, relationships, social situations, choices and decisions.
In the course of this client / therapist relationship you will:
- Gain clarity and perspective regarding whatever it is that is troubling you.
- Receive whatever support you need in order to make decisions about those issues – and to initiate positive change.
- Receive guidance about how best to deal with any negative feelings and emotions you may be carrying.
- Explore, learn about, and tap into your own – often under utilised, inner resources and skills.
Counselling and hypnotherapy therefore go hand in hand – the one supporting the other.