What is counselling?
Attending for a counselling consultation provides an opportunity to talk with a professional who has qualifications, professional registration and has undergone supervised training. As professionals they are able to listen closely to your needs, provide knowledge, and experience, offer strategies, support and new perspectives and sometimes advice to assist you resolve or manage your situation.
A counselling consultation is designed to provide time, space and encouragement to reflect, clarify and generally explore at depth, the triggers, behaviours, thoughts and understandings that you identify within your personal cultural and academic contexts that add to your concerns and /or distress or impact on your mood and/or relationships.
In short, counselling consultations will provide you with a safe space in which to reflect upon your circumstances and can clarify problems and help your find your way to their resolution.
During a counselling consultation people often find that they learn more about themselves, their situation, and their choices than they can without the expertise provided by the counsellor. The relationship with the counsellor will also provide structure and caring support for you in distressing times.
The counsellor will work with you respecting your values, choices and lifestyle, and assist you work towards the choices or changes that fit for you and your circumstances.
During the counselling consultation you will be encouraged to:
- Bring more clarity to your problems/concerns/feelings/relationships
- Generate options available to you within your situation
- Identify what you would like to be different
- Identify the changes needed to achieve that difference that are within your control
- Provide strategies, information, support and encouragement as you work towards your goal