What is Counselling?
Counselling is a type of talking therapy. People talk to a counsellor about their problems. Counsellors are trained to listen sympathetically and can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings that you may have. Everyone comes across situations which may be unexpected or which overwhelm us, leaving us confused or not knowing how to cope.
How does counselling help?
Counselling can help you by:
- allowing you to discuss your problems honestly and openly in a safe, non-judgemental environment;
- helping you deal with issues that are preventing you from achieving your goals and ambitions;
- enabling you to have a more positive outlook on life;
Everyone has different ways of coping with their personal difficulties. People often deal with stressful situations and events by talking to their partner, a family member or a friend. However, in certain situations, talking to a professional counsellor may be more helpful.
At some stage, you will probably experience feelings of stress, disappointment and grief. At these times, seeking assistance can help you deal with your feelings and emotions.
Counselling can be a positive way of addressing any unresolved issues that you have. It can help you to understand your problems better, rather than ignoring them and hoping that they will go away, only for them to come back later. It can also give you a better understanding of other people's points of view.
Counselling can help you deal with a range of issues, from day-to-day worries or concerns to more serious, long-term psychological problems.
Counselling can help you come to terms with distressing or traumatic events, such as the loss of a loved one, divorce, redundancy or confusion about your identity or sexual orientation. It can also be an effective way of dealing with long-term mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety.
Counselling may be helpful in treating the following conditions:
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD);
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
- long-term illnesses;
- eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia;
- substance abuse;
How can a Counsellor help?
A counsellor is someone who is trained to listen sympathetically to your problems and can suggest strategies that will help you to resolve issues and change your behaviour.
By discussing your concerns with you, the counsellor will be able to help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and actions, as well as suggesting ways for you to find your own solutions to your problems.
The counsellor may encourage you to identify issues more easily and take personal responsibility where appropriate. They can help you to recognise the effect of other people and their actions, and to explore alternative ways of coping.
It can be a great relief to be able to share your worries and fears with someone who will confirm your feelings and help you to reach a positive solution.
You may be offered counselling as a single session, as a short-term course of sessions for a few weeks or months, or as a long-term arrangement that lasts for many months or years.
Melanie Okasili-Henry - Counsellor.
Melanie is an Integrative Counsellor, which means that she is trained to work with what are considered the main theories of counselling, namely Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Gestalt, Existential and Transactional...