Counselling is a talking therapy that helps a person to explore and think about possible solutions to what might be worrying them. An important part of counselling, is that the counsellor will not judge or make decisions on behalf of clients they are seeing.
There are many different approaches to counselling some of which include: humanistic, psychodynamic and behavioural.
The Humanistic approach likes to focus on the person as an individual and their potential for change. The humanistic approach can include gestalt, person centered and transactional therapy.
The psychodynamic approach incorportaes the analysis of the unconcious and how deep rooted issues can have an imapact on human behaviour.
The behavioural approach focuses on how human behaviour is learnt through classical conditioning- and can be ‘unlearned’ through a process of therapeutic change.
Counselling can be used to treat a variety of issues such as:
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- relationship issues
- Certain personality disorders
- Various other issues
The benefits of counselling can include:
- Better relationships
- increased confidence
- Better ability to emphasise with others
- Enhanced motivation
- Better communication skills
- Finding alternative ways of thinking
- Better decision making
- Better coping strategies
- Can develop your own resources
- A time to reflect
- Potential to develop your own skills and abillities
Iam a current student counsellor and psychotherapist registered with the National Counselling Society which is approved by the professiomal standards authority. For more info please feel free to contact me.
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