Counselling is an interaction in which the counsellor offers another person the time, attention and respect necessary to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more resourcefully, and to his or her greater well-being. Counselling is a way of empowering the client to cope with their current situation and help them explore ways to improve their situation.
The aim of counselling is to enable clients to take responsibility for their own lives and emphasises choice. Counselling aims to make clients more decisive and better choosers for themselves and their situation.
Counselling is about helping you to make sense of your thoughts and feelings so that you can then make decisions about what to do to bring about change in your life.
Areas in which counselling can help include:
- abuse (emotional, physical, sexual) – violence, bullying or neglect in many forms
- avoiding behaviour – tasks, people, places
- bereavement, grief and loss
- difficulty in making decisions
- feeling “stuck” in lots of different ways
- generally feeling “down”
- help in making a big life decision
- issues around food and weight control
- low confidence and self esteem
- relationship difficulties – personal or work related
- sleep disturbances
- suicidal thoughts
- alcohol / substance abuse
- traumatic memories
Counselling is open to all ages. My experience in working with individuals with developmental disabilities and individuals recovering from a mental illness makes me an invaluable resource to providers of care for these individuals seeking a counsellor for their clients.