What is counselling? And how does it work?
Two great questions. And not simple ones to answer. There are lots of different theoretical approaches and techniques, some suited to very specific issues or client groups, others used more generally. Some approaches will suit one client but not another, even when working with similar issues.
A lot of it is simply down to personalities – those of the client and of the counsellor. I firmly believe that forming a good working relationship is crucial in achieving desired outcomes.
How to do this? Well rather than simply hearing my views, I’d strongly recommend anyone considering counselling to invest some time in looking around a great website produced by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy):
Hopefully that site will give some guidance to help you find the sort of therapy and therapist that will be right for you.
It’s a good idea to shortlist some therapists, and then arrange initial chats with each of them to see how you feel. Why not? I encourage this. We’ll be talking about your life and your issues, so it’s worth taking some time over it.