Counselling is a collaborative process that involves the development of a unique, confidential helping relationship. The counsellor acts as a facilitator in helping clients to understand feelings, behaviours, relationships with others, situations, choices and decisions.
Our approach to counselling is informed by the growth perspective of Alfred Adler and his theory of human development. It is an approach that is encouraging, focuses on strengths and empowers the person to take an active role in the decision-making process which stimulates change.
The counsellor offers a safe, confidential and non-judgmental context in which clients can:
- Gain clarity and perspective on the issue
- Receive the support needed to resolve issues and make decisions
- Deal with negative feelings and emotions
- Explore personal resources and develop new skills
- Focus on and resolve relationship problems
- Investigate work related difficulties
- Confront addictive or compulsive behaviour
- Come to understand issues such as depression, anxiety or illness
Although counselling is primarily issue-based, it will also help you explore your personal perceptions, how you are, and who you are, and help you recognise and process your feelings, thoughts, options and a way to move forward. The therapeutic process — typically occurring as once-per-week counselling sessions over several months — encourages you to develop self-awareness, clarity, and the empowerment of being in charge of your own life. Through counselling, you may help yourself change what doesn’t feel right for you, and begin to uncover answers that are right for you. Counselling is an opportunity to spend some time exploring what life means to you.