~in This world~ there is no need to be alone

Reflections on the lake

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

Thomas Jefferson

What is Counselling, therapy and the role of the therapist?

Counselling can assist  adults, adolescents, children, couples and families with problems they are currently encountering due to issues such as;

life purpose, life changes, grief, loss, difficulties encountered, chronic and acute stress, work-related stress, abuse both mental and physical, anxiety, depression, relationships, alcohol, drugs and other addictions.  It can also assist with coming to terms with issues caused by events in the past such as abandonment, sexual abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, post traumatic stress, lack of self confidence, identity crisis, low self-esteem, withdrawal and isolation. 

Counselling can be used by individuals, couples, families and in groups, it works by utilising the skills, abilities, experience and knowledge of the Counsellor to work alongside the clients to help identify the problems, issues and perhaps identify where they are ‘stuck’. 

The Counsellor can then assist in dealing with these problems and issues by attempting to achieve the clients identified desires and goals while maintaining their values and beliefs. 

Should the Counsellor not be sufficiently skilled in the type of therapy the client requires then they are ethically required to refer their client to a more suitable therapist perhaps a Psychotherapist, Psychologist or even a Psychiatrist (who is trained to administer medications as well as the treatment), this is carried out in consultation with the client and requires informed consent unless safety is a real issue. 

A Counsellor is required to inform their client of all ethical policies and procedures pertaining to the Counselling process as well as a clients right to confidentiality and it’s limitations. 

Do not be afraid to ask!