What counselling is… and isn’t

What counselling is

Counselling is a supportive professional service that addresses those areas of your life that aren’t working as well as you’d like. It is not a sign of weakness to seek help to solve one’s challenges, because we all face challenges.

Counselling comes in the form of goal-focused sessions that are tailored to your specific concerns.

What counselling isn’t

Counselling isn’t a magic bullet, solving all your problems for you. Rather, we work in partnership to discover new strategies to re-engineer your life.

It is up to you to solve your problems, we just help point you in directions you might not have previously thought of.

There are no ‘instant’ solutions with counselling; it is a thoughtful process that leads from one ‘discovery’ to the next. This requires a commitment on your behalf to work in applying what you learn in the counselling session to the challenging areas of your life. The counsellor can’t ‘solve’ your problems for you.

Counselling is not an advice-giving service. It is a supportive place that allows you to gain understanding of yourself, explore new strategies, and find new ways forward.

A useful insight to counselling

Danielle Adinolfi has written a useful article on counselling, which is worth reading. I agree with all that she says except for her last point (I don’t, for example, believe you need to re-open old wounds to see improvement), and I don’t work with couples, whereas she does.