What is counselling? The BACP have the following definition –
Counselling is the skilled and principled use of relationship to facilitate self- knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth and the optimal development of personal resources. The overall aim is to provide an opportunity to work towards living more satisfyingly and resourcefully. Counselling relationships will vary according to need but may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insights and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others. The counsellor’s role is to facilitate the clients work in ways that respect the client’s values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination.
The role of a Counsellor
The core conditions for a counsellor are to be non-judgmental, congruence, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and above all a good listener.
Counselling can help you in many ways and with many problems, but more importantly, it allows you to have your own space and time, to talk, explore and be listened to. Every client is unique and you will move forward in your your own way, with what is right for you.
Counsellors do not give advice, but may give you guidance to help you on this wonderful journey of growth and inspiration!