What is counselling?
There is a lot of misconception and confusion around what counseling is.
Here are a few common misconceptions I hear often:
- Counselling is a place where the client talks and therapist listens.
- Counselling is a place where you can get advise what to do in regards to your present situation
- Counselling is a place where therapist would tell you what to do or what decision to make
- Counselling is a place where you tell your therapist about your problems and they would solve your problems and make you feel better instantly.
Although there may be some truth in the statements and thoughts above, there is also a lot more to counseling as outlined below:
Counselling is a place where you can speak about your most difficult thoughts, feelings and circumstances in utmost confidence in a safe place.
Counselling is a place where the therapist is there to listen and understand you without judgment and prejudice.
Counselling is a place where your wellbeing and safety is most important to your therapist
Counselling is a place where thoughts and feelings are explored to understand you and your situation better then to work together to find the options and possible solutions to your dilemma or presenting problems.
Counselling is a place where therapist will not tell you what to do but will help you to know yourself better which will help you to find the answers which are within you and help you to make the right decision for your circumstances
Counselling is a place where you are able to offload and express your deepest feelings, cry and be emotional without being judged. (Be aware that counseling cannot guarantee that you will feel better instantly, give it time)
Counselling is a process and it takes time to work through things. The more a client is willing to put work or effort in, the more likely they will benefit from their counselling sessions..
Counselling is a place where the therapist comes on a journey with their client to support and possibly to get the client through their difficult situation.
I hope this has given you a deeper insight into what counselling is. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me.
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