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What is counselling?


The term ‘counselling’ is sometimes used interchangeably with the term ‘psychotherapy’. Together these are ‘umbrella’ terms, which cover a range of talking therapies, delivered by trained practitioners. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT, Transactional Analysis, Psycho-analytical psychotherapy, gestalt therapy and person-centred therapy, to name a few more common frameworks. Whatever their practise counsellors work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.
 

What is counselling?


The term ‘counselling’ is sometimes used interchangeably with the term ‘psychotherapy’. Together these are ‘umbrella’ terms, which cover a range of talking therapies, delivered by trained practitioners.

These frameworks may include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT, Transactional Analysis, Psycho-analytical psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy and Person-centred therapy, to name a few of the more common frameworks.

Whatever framework the counsellor adopts -they work with clients over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change in their lives and enhance their wellbeing.
 

Counselling Aims  

To support clients to-

  • Increase their ability to cope with trauma and loss.

  • Resolve, or have better management of, personal, emotional, relational and possibly spiritual difficulties.

  • Re-establish a sense of self-worth and belonging.

  • Increase their capacity to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life

Counselling is not… a form of friendship nor an advice centre.

Counselling is… a therapeutic relationship which is unlike others, in as much that it is all about the individual and not the therapist.

It is an opportunity to feel free to explore aspects of your ‘self’ in complete confidence with an impartial, trained and registered professional without fear of criticism or rebuke.

What is counselling?


The term ‘counselling’ is sometimes used interchangeably with the term ‘psychotherapy’. Together these are ‘umbrella’ terms, which cover a range of talking therapies, delivered by trained practitioners.

These frameworks may include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT, Transactional Analysis, Psycho-analytical psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy and Person-centred therapy, to name a few of the more common frameworks.

Whatever framework the counsellor adopts -they work with clients over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change in their lives and enhance their wellbeing.
 

What is counselling?


The term ‘counselling’ is sometimes used interchangeably with the term ‘psychotherapy’. Together these are ‘umbrella’ terms, which cover a range of talking therapies, delivered by trained practitioners.

These frameworks may include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT, Transactional Analysis, Psycho-analytical psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy and Person-centred therapy, to name a few of the more common frameworks.

Whatever framework the counsellor adopts -they work with clients over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change in their lives and enhance their wellbeing.
 

Why choose therapy?

Sometimes a person can feel isolated, even where that individual has extremely supportive family and friends. Often they can find it difficult to explain why they may be feeling anxious and or depressed especially if they have caring support. Usually individuals choose to have therapy because they are experiencing this kind of difficulty in their lives. 

It is often easier to talk about personal, family, or relationship issues with a person who is independent of friends and family. Other life issues and events which can be very difficult to deal with include death and resultant bereavement issues, divorce, redundancy, challenging health issues, workplace bullying.

Nevertheless, an individual does not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one, before choosing to have counselling.

 

You may be experiencing underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, or be seeking balance in your life.

 

All of these reasons and more will bring individuals to counselling.