What is Counselling?
Counselling is the leading ‘talk therapy’ used in educational, healthcare, social care and community settings. It is often engaged in helping individuals achieve higher self-awareness, motivation and acceptance in a wide range of life situations. These include career or life stage transitions, social or relational crisis, personal or emotional disturbance among other things.
As a professional practice, counselling is based on sound psychological, social and developmental theories. Professional counsellors apply these theories to help persons receiving counselling to better understand their situation, explore options, consider relevant factors, design appropriate coping strategies, prepare for their implementation and learn from the experience.
A typical counselling session is between 50 minutes to 90 minutes. During the session, the counsellor often facilitates a discussion which may be introspective, multi-perspective, holistic or reflective in nature. Over time, persons receiving counselling develop greater mastery over the issues discussed and gain personal emotional growth and life skills.
When do you needs Counselling?
It varies from person to person. Some people use counselling as soon as they sense a problem is growing in their lives, while others seek professional help when they feel overwhelmed. For most people, readiness to engage in extensive discussions on a specific area of their lives that affects them is a condition for therapy to work well.