What is Counselling?

From the time we are born we start to learn about ways to behave and how to cope with our situation as a baby and later as a child.

This learning can be adapted by the situations we found ourselves in as a child, then through our adolescence and finally into our adult lives. This learning can cause us anxiety and stress in our private and public lives if we have learnt that we cannot have our say or that we are not equipped to deal with situations. This can be learnt from a very early age and may not be entirely true at a later stage of our lives.

How Counselling can help

Counselling can be a way of exploring some of these past or present issues in the safe and holding environment of the therapy room.

Counselling is open to anyone who is willing to look at their situation. The Counsellor, without judgment, using their skills can listen actively, and with their knowledge and training help to look at the possible trauma or learnt experiences to allow these truths become present for the client. The client can then look at the possible emotions and feelings brought up by this re-experiencing and learn new ways of thinking about their situation.

The Counsellor will reflect, challenge and probe in order for the client to come to a more mature reflection on their behaviour or modes of operation in work or families, and in this way bring a new awareness for the client. This learning can allow for a new perspective and hence a less stressful way of being in everyday life.

The openness of the therapeutic relationship is one that is very rarely found in everyday life with family or friends.