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What can Counselling help with?

Personal Growth & Insights

Most of us reflect on our lives and recognise there are unresolved parts of the past. While most do not affect our day-to-day lives adversely or in a big way, some may influence the way we look at and treat matters such as relationships. Individuals may benefit from counselling sessions that focus on exploring personal experiences, thoughts and feelings on a specific area. Many develop insights about themselves which help them move forward in their lives.

Behavioural Health

Maintaining a healthy body and mind often requires behavioural or lifestyle changes. However, many people find it hard to start or to maintain behavioural interventions such as healthy eating, exercising routine, smoking cessation, worklife balance etc.

Consultation with a psychologist or counsellor who specialises in behavioural change will help individuals structure, pace and carry out lifestyle modifications and work towards healthier living.

Career Counselling & Development

A career is not just a job. We spend an extended period of time being occupied with activities to build a successful career and life. Some of these activities could include, rising up the corporate ladder, starting out on our own, becoming a home-maker, throwing ourselves into full-time voluntary work or easing into retirement.

Career counselling or development sessions help individuals chart their path and track their progress over time. Counsellors or consultants who specialise in career issues would help individuals who are beginning their career, building their career or coming close to their retirement to explore their options and work towards attaining success systematically.

Quality Marriage Life

Many couples recognise the importance of preparing for and continuously working on their marital relationship. Marriage preparation is a good start to a fulfilling marriage. Couples go through ups and down over the years as they work hard to start and build a family, their careers and their lives. Marriage enrichment sessions help couples recognise changes in their lives and help them support each other in adjustment and engage with challenges. Marriage is a journey and having counselling support often helps keep the relationship healthy and productive.

Relationship Success

We engage in a wide range of relationships in our lives, and play different roles: Parent, child, sibling, spouse and the list goes on. Some are more productive and enriching than others. It is also true that some affect us more than others. Hence, learning from and keeping these relationships healthy make us more productive and fulfilled individuals. Consulting with a counsellor on relational issues is a step in the right direction when one meets a challenging relationship.

About Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Clinical Supervision Groups

As part of our efforts in building a community of professional counselling practitioners, we will be organizing a group supervision programme named ‘Counsel with Confidence‘ for practitioners who are at different stages of development.

The entry-level group – ‘First Steps’, which will run from May 2015 – Feb 2016 is inviting participants. Freshly minted counsellors or those accumulating clinical hours may find this specially-designed programme useful and enriching. It will facilitated by not one, but two senior clinicians and will take place in two private counselling clinics. For more information about this unique programme, click here –  Counsel with Confidence v8 May 2015