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© Steve Merritt 2010 - 2016

What Is Counselling?

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy defines counselling as follows: Counselling   takes   place   when   a   counsellor   sees   a   client   in   a   private   and   confidential   setting   to   explore   a   difficulty the   client   is   having,   distress   they   may   be   experiencing   or   perhaps   their   dissatisfaction   with   life,   or   loss   of   a   sense of direction and purpose. It is always at the request of the client as no one can properly be 'sent' for counselling. By   listening   attentively   and   patiently   the   counsellor   can   begin   to   perceive   the   difficulties   from   the   client's   point   of view   and   can   help   them   to   see   things   more   clearly,   possibly   from   a   different   perspective.   Counselling   is   a   way   of enabling   choice   or   change   or   of   reducing   confusion.      It   does   not   involve   giving   advice   or   directing   a   client   to   take a particular course of action. Counsellors do not judge or exploit their clients in any way. In   the   counselling   sessions   the   client   can   explore   various   aspects   of   their   life   and   feelings,   talking   about   them freely   and   openly   in   a   way   that   is   rarely   possible   with   friends   or   family.   Bottled   up   feelings   such   as   anger,   anxiety, grief   and   embarrassment   can   become   very   intense   and   counselling   offers   an   opportunity   to   explore   them,   with the   possibility   of   making   them   easier   to   understand.   The   counsellor   will   encourage   the   expression   of   feelings   and as   a   result   of   their   training   will   be   able   to   accept   and   reflect   the   client's   problems   without   becoming   burdened   by them. Acceptance   and   respect   for   the   client   are   essentials   for   a   counsellor   and,   as   the   relationship   develops,   so   too   does trust   between   the   counsellor   and   client,   enabling   the   client   to   look   at   many   aspects   of   their   life,   their   relationships and   themselves   which   they   may   not   have   considered   or   been   able   to   face   before.   The   counsellor   may   help   the client   to   examine   in   detail   the   behaviour   or   situations   which   are   proving   troublesome   and   to   find   an   area   where   it would   be   possible   to   initiate   some   change   as   a   start.   The   counsellor   may   help   the   client   to   look   at   the   options open to them and help them to decide the best for them.
BACP accredited register. Holsworthy Counselling, Bude Counselling.
© Steve Merritt 2010 - 2016

What Is Counselling?

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy defines counselling as follows: Counselling   takes   place   when   a   counsellor   sees   a   client   in a   private   and   confidential   setting   to   explore   a   difficulty   the client    is    having,    distress    they    may    be    experiencing    or perhaps   their   dissatisfaction   with   life,   or   loss   of   a   sense   of direction   and   purpose.   It   is   always   at   the   request   of   the client as no one can properly be 'sent' for counselling. By    listening    attentively    and    patiently    the    counsellor    can begin   to   perceive   the   difficulties   from   the   client's   point   of view    and    can    help    them    to    see    things    more    clearly, possibly   from   a   different   perspective.   Counselling   is   a   way of   enabling   choice   or   change   or   of   reducing   confusion.      It does   not   involve   giving   advice   or   directing   a   client   to   take   a particular   course   of   action.   Counsellors   do   not   judge   or exploit their clients in any way. In   the   counselling   sessions   the   client   can   explore   various aspects   of   their   life   and   feelings,   talking   about   them   freely and   openly   in   a   way   that   is   rarely   possible   with   friends   or family.   Bottled   up   feelings   such   as   anger,   anxiety,   grief   and embarrassment   can   become   very   intense   and   counselling offers   an   opportunity   to   explore   them,   with   the   possibility of   making   them   easier   to   understand.   The   counsellor   will encourage   the   expression   of   feelings   and   as   a   result   of their   training   will   be   able   to   accept   and   reflect   the   client's problems without becoming burdened by them. Acceptance   and   respect   for   the   client   are   essentials   for   a counsellor   and,   as   the   relationship   develops,   so   too   does trust   between   the   counsellor   and   client,   enabling   the   client to   look   at   many   aspects   of   their   life,   their   relationships   and themselves   which   they   may   not   have   considered   or   been able   to   face   before.   The   counsellor   may   help   the   client   to examine   in   detail   the   behaviour   or   situations   which   are proving   troublesome   and   to   find   an   area   where   it   would   be possible   to   initiate   some   change   as   a   start.   The   counsellor may   help   the   client   to   look   at   the   options   open   to   them and help them to decide the best for them.
Tamar Counselling
Counselling in Holsworthy and Bude
Telephone: 07855 998890
Tamar Counselling Counselling in Holsworthy and Bude