Counselling is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of different talking therapies.
During a counselling session your therapist will guide you to talk about your problems
and emotions in a safe, empathic, confidential environment.
Using a technique known as 'guided discovery' clients are helped to make sense of
their issues, and reorganise their thoughts and feelings.
Any number of everyday issues can be helped with couselling such as anxiety,
addictions, habits, anger, guilt, grief to name a few.
There are different types of counselling styles and these include -
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Helps you understand the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Allowing you to manage your issues by helping you to change the way you think and behave.
The basic premise of CBT is that it is your thoughs that create your emotions, not the situation you are in. This in turn influences your behaviours. It's necessary to change both thinking (cognition) and action (behaviour) at the same time.
CBT is an active therapy, and you'll be expected to try out different ways of thinking and acting in between sessions using simple exercises, as agreed with your therapist. You then develop the skills to become your own therapist.
This in-depth approach can help you explore your thoughts, feelings and beliefs,often discussing past events, such as those from your childhood.
It looks at how your personality and life experiences influence your current thoughts, feelings, relationships, and behaviour. From this indepth understanding you will be able to cope with difficult situations more effectively.
This is a humanistic approach to therapy. a counsellor will offer empathy and congruence whilst a client talks in an unstructured and unguided session about their issues and problems