Historically counselling for personal issues was done by close relatives, elders of the family, friends or even the local priest.
Although counsel and “advice” has always been given within families, parents and siblings or even close friends perhaps are not always the best people to do this even when they are so well meaning.
The process of counselling is not about seeking advice, rather than the client seeking a new self awareness, perspectives and strategies.
Counsellors help clients explore and understand their worlds and so discover better ways of thinking and living is particularly common at transition points in a person's life, where they are moving from the familiar to the unknown, going from child to adult, single to married, and facing major life changes.
These changes can be difficult however with positive support and techniques the Counsellor can introduce to the client, they are more empowered to successfully make positive and lasting changes, both emotionally and cognitively.
What are the benefits of counselling?
At good counsel, I provide clients a confidential and a non judgemental safe space to explore whatever is concerning them or causing distress or discomfort.
My counselling style and approach is person centred as it is my belief that with the appropriate skills and tools, the client is empowered to make their own positive changes in their lives.