What is Counselling?
Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for a person to talk about issues which are causing them anxiety or distress. Many people are unhappy within themselves. They feel uncertain and want to explore their inner conflicts. Others are experiencing problems in their everyday relationships with family, friends or in the work place. Within a confidential environment, where the counsellor respects and accepts the client, a mutual trust develops. It becomes possible to have the time and space to explore issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, loss, bereavement, relationship issues, trauma and anger.
How does it work?
A counselling relationship is different from a social relationship in that it is limited only to regular counselling sessions. Counselling is either on a long-term basis where the work continues for as long as required or on a short-term basis where more specific issues form the focus of the sessions. There is a commitment on both the part of the client and the counsellor and sessions, lasting fifty minutes, are conducted on a regular weekly basis at the same time and place. In this safe non-judgemental environment, the mutual trust which develops fosters the possibility to examine the underlying feelings and issues that are causing distress.
The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard understood the true nature of Counselling when he wrote, “Life must be lived forwards, but it can only be understood backwards.”