What is Counselling?
Counselling is often referred to as “talking therapy.” At its core, counselling involves working
through problems that a client is encountering with the aim of facing and overcoming them.
There are various philosophies involved and techniques that can be used. It is important to
ensure that your values and beliefs are in line with the counsellor that you choose.
The role of the counsellor is not to give advice or to tell clients what to do. Instead it is
through the therapeutic relationship built that the counsellor can work with you on finding
solutions to problems, highlight and correct unhelpful or faulty ways of thinking as well as find new
ways of coping.
Who should go for Counselling?
Counselling is suitable and recommended for anyone who has a problem or issue that is
affecting the quality of their life, interactions with others or their general well-being.
An example of a typical problem could be overindulging on alcohol. This could cause tension
with a spouse and be the root of escalating marital problems.
An example of a common issue could be unresolved childhood trauma. This can often affect
our functioning as adults, intruding on our well-being or into our relationships.
Lastly, people come for counselling who have a general dissatisfaction with life. They may
not be aware of a problem or issue contributing to the way they are feeling. Counselling can
benefit someone feeling this way. It provides a safe environment to explore this
with the help of a counsellor and identify strengths, resources, as well as work
on making the changes needed to live a life characterised by wellness and satisfaction.
My Counselling Approach
I subscribe to a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to counselling. This integrative
approach takes into consideration the impact of a number of factors on a client’s emotional
well-being. It is seldom that only one of these areas contributes entirely to problems in a
person’s life and as such solutions and consequent well-being, I believe is found in
addressing all areas as mentioned above.
I also subscribe to a client-centred philosophy. It allows for client-directed counselling,
where the client sets the direction and goals of therapy. My role as a counsellor is to help
the client to work out exactly what this entails. Counselling is not a template that can be
replicated from client to client. As a unique individual, your counselling journey will be
tailored to suit your particular context.