What is Counselling?

What is counselling?Counselling is a process wherein a client talks to a trained professional about the psychological problems they are experiencing.  This purpose of this is so that the counsellor can assist the client in understanding why they feel the way they do.  The counsellor also tries to help them through any issues they may be experiencing.  Counselling cannot cure the client of all problems or make traumatic experiences go away.  Counselling is about helping the client live a happier life.  The techniques used include exploring memories and belief systems and therefor challenging negative thoughts.  For more information, please click here.

What are the Different Types of Counselling?

There are several types of counselling that are designed for different needs.  These include family, couples, individual, grief, etc.  Also there are different styles or modalities.  It is important to know that different people will have different preferences for different types.  Some counsellors will use psycho dynamic models, some will use humanistic models, and some will use behavioural models.  There are also integrated approaches.  To better understand the differences click here.

What happens in counselling and how long does it take?

How long does counselling take?First of all, the process typically starts off with a phone call, a letter, or an email from the client.  Then in the first session, the counsellor explains how the process works as well as confidentiality.  An average session lasts about 50 to 60 minutes.  This can happen every week or two weeks depending on the wishes of the client and because of availability.  The amount of sessions required can vary due to the needs of the client.  Everything is confidential and non-judgmental.  It is, however, a requirement for counsellors to keep notes during sessions.  Clients may request copies at any time, as the legal owners.  For more information, please click here.

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