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Counselling Explained

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What is counselling?

In a counselling session, you can explore and discuss any problems you are experiencing.   


Some people may not be too clear on what is causing their distress or feelings of stuckness, whereas others may have more clarity, but find it difficult to resolve and move forward.   


Once the problem/s are clearly understood, you will be supported to explore further and decide what is important for you to focus on and the outcomes you are wanting to achieve. Your counsellor will work alongside you to facilitate you finding your answers and the best ways for you to move forward.

If the issue is out of the scope of counselling, your counsellor will work with you to find an appropriate specialist or service . 

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Benefits of counselling

For some people, having a trusted listener, being able to talk without being judged or told what to feel or do and be heard, can be healing and helpful.


Talking with a counsellor may assist you to develop insight, understanding or clarity that opens up new perspectives in the way you approach an issue.  New awareness can lead to changes that result in the outcomes you are aiming for. 

Strengths and previous capabilities can feel lost or buried during times of confusion and anxiety.  Counselling can help to uncover and ignite those personal resources again firing up your lost mojo.

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Issues to bring to counselling

People come to counselling for a variety of reasons such as:

anxiety, stress, depression, grief & loss, relationship issues, sadness, communication difficulties, generalised feelings of unhappiness, trauma, domestic violence, low self esteem, lack of confidence as some examples.


Often it might feel there is nothing specific, instead different  pressures such as:

  • managing work loads

  • finances

  • living arrangements

  • ill health


How your counsellor works with you

The relationship between a counsellor and a client is a therapeutic one.  


At all times your counsellor will provide you with a caring, non-judgmental, safe and confidential environment to work through the counselling process.   You will be listened to, heard and accepted. 


Your counsellor may ask you questions to gain clarity around specific issues for their understanding but also, so you can understand what they mean to you and the impact on you.


You will be respected and encouraged to work towards positive outcomes that will enhance your wellbeing.

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