By: Newid a Gobaith  31/08/2012
Keywords: Counselling, stress, Confidential

COUNSELLING is a confidential talking-therapy relationship between therapist and client. Its aim is to provide the opportunity for the move towards living and working in a more satisfying and resourceful way. Counselling will help you work through your worries and unresolved conflicts, helping you gain a greater understanding of them. It will help you identify feelings and learn ways of dealing with them appropriately. Counselling does not impose solutions, opinions or judgements. It does not manipulate the person. It is a means of structuring self-reliance and assisting the client to make decisions and choice.

What is counselling?

A: The BACP define counselling as taking place when as when a counsellor sees a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty a client is having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps their dissatisfaction with life, or loss of a sense of direction and purpose.


What happens in counselling?

A: By listening very carefully and in a non-judgemental way, the counsellor can begin to understand the difficulties from your point of view and can help you see things more clearly. You can explore various aspects of your life and feelings, talking about them confidentially in a way that is rarely possible with family and friends. You will have the opportunity to explore suppressed and intense feelings, and have the opportunity to explore them and possibly understand them better. The counsellor may help you examine in depth issues or situations that are problematic for you, and to find a possible way to initiate change.


What is CBT?

A: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a specific type of counselling that helps you change the way you think, feel and behave. It is based on the principle that the way we think controls our feelings which then influences our behaviour. CBT has been shown to help people with anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, OCD, sexual and relationship problems, anger and many other conditions. Your therapist will help you understand your current thought patterns, helping you to identify unhelpful or false ideas which can trigger off your difficulties or make them worse. CBT tends to be more structured and focussed than general counselling.


How many appointments will I need?

A: This varies. You may only need one. The average tends to be six. CBT tends to need 6+. One thing you can be certain of is that an ethical therapist/counsellor will never attempt to keep you in therapy for any longer than you need to be.


How confidential is counselling?

A: Confidentiality is exceptionally important. The degree of confidentiality offered reflects this. In general terms, anything you say to your therapist will remain completely confidential. However, in rare cases, the law and sometimes ethics requires confidentiality to be broken. These circumstances will be explained to you prior to the commencement of counselling. In broad terms, the confidentiality offered to you will be similar to that provided to you by your GP.

Keywords: Confidential, Counselling, MBACP, Psychological Therapist, stress

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