Counselling is an interactive learning process contracted between counsellor(s) and client(s), be they individuals, families, groups or institutions which approaches in a holistic way, social, cultural, economic and/or emotional issues.

Counselling may be concerned with addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, improving relationships, developmental issues, promoting and developing personal awareness, working with feelings, thoughts, perceptions and internal or external conflict.

The overall aim of counselling is to provide clients with opportunities to work in self-defined ways, towards living in more satisfying and resourceful ways as individuals and as members of the broader society.

Conditions that Counselling has been known to help:

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Frequently Asked Questions About Counselling

There are many types of counselling available, to list just a few:

  •     Conflict resolution
  •     Creative problem solving
  •     Dialogue
  •     Dispute resolution
  •     Emotional conflict
  •     Family therapy
  •     Health psychology
  •     Human Potential Movement
  •     Interpersonal communication
  •     Mediation
  •     Nonverbal communication
  •     Problem solving
  •     Reconciliation
  •     Relationship education
  •     Self-help
  •     Stress management

How to Select a Counsellor

Considerations when selecting a Counsellor:

  • Identify your personal priorities for a Counsellor that fits you. Perhaps, you may prefer to see a female or a male therapist. Perhaps, you want to see someone who is not too far away. Once you have identified such preferences, you can start to narrow your list.
  • A good Counsellor is empathic, supportive, a great listener, non-judgemental and genuinely warm and respectful.
  • Make sure the Counsellor has appropriate training, that their training was obtained from a legitimate source, and that they are a member of an accredited association.
  • The relationship between you and your Counsellor is the largest single contributor to a successful and positive Counselling experience. You will know you have a good alliance when you feel comfortable with and trust your Counsellor. 

History of Counselling

Although psychological therapies trace their history back to the contributions of Freud, many modern approaches to counselling and psychotherapy are now much more firmly grounded in other bodies of thought.

Modern psychological therapies trace their history back to the work of Sigmund Freud in Vienna in the 1880s.  In the early 1900s, Ernest Jones and A.A. Brill, from the UK and US respectively, visited Freud in Vienna and returned to their own countries to promote Freud’s methods; Freud himself began a lecture tour of North America in 1909.

A separate strand of psychological therapies developed later under the influence of psychology and learning theory and leading thinkers such as B.F. Skinner. Rejecting the notion of ‘hidden’ aspects of the psyche which cannot be examined empirically, practitioners in the behavioural tradition began to focus on what could actually be observed in the outside world.

Originally called ‘client-centred’ and later ‘person-centred’, Car Rogers’s approach focuses on the experience of the person, neither adopting elaborate and empirically untestable theoretical constructs of the type common in psychodynamic traditions, nor neglecting the internal world of the client in the way of early behaviourists.

Holistic counselling integrates the  body, mind, and spirit. These three areas have often been confined and compartmentalized to their respective areas of expertise such as medicine, psychology, and religion.

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