Counselling takes place when a Counsellor sees a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the client is having.
Counselling takes place when a Counsellor sees a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the client is having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps their dissatisfaction with life or loss of a sense of direction and purpose. It is always the request of the client as no one can properly be sent for Counselling.
By listening attentively and patiently the Counsellor can begin to perceive the difficulties from the clients’ point of view and can help them to see things more clearly possibly from a different perspective. Counselling is a way of enabling choice or change or of reducing confusion. It does not involve giving advice or directing a client to take a particular course of action. Counsellors do not judge or exploit their clients in any way.
In the counselling sessions, the client can explore various aspects of their lives and feelings by talking about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with family or friends. Bottled up feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief, and embarrassment can become very intense and counselling offers an opportunity to explore them with the possibility of making them easier to understand.
The Counsellor will encourage the expression of feelings and as a result of their training will be able to accept and reflect the clients’ problem without becoming burdened by them.
Acceptance and respect for the client are essentials for a Counsellor, and as the relationship develops so too does the trust between the Counsellor and client, enabling the client to look at many aspects of their life, their relationships and themselves which they may not have considered or been able to face before. The Counsellor may help the client to examine in detail the behaviour or situation which is proving troublesome and to find an area where it would be possible to initiate some change as a start. The Counsellor may help the client to look at the options open to them and help them to decide the best for them.