Part of the journey towards wellness...
Professional counselling is a confidential collaboration between a qualified counsellor and a patient to promote mental health and well being, enhance self-understanding, and resolve identified concerns. Patients are active participants in the counselling process at every stage.
Counselling may be short term, long term, or over a lifetime, according to the needs indicated by each patient.
Counsellors use empathy and understanding to establish positive working relationships and counselling aims to make patients feel safe, understood, respected, and accepted without judgement.
Counselling is a profession with a strong evidence base. It uses scientifically supported interventions and tools skills to facilitate change and improve the mental and emotional well being of patients.
Counsellors are trained in a range of modalities to work with clients from diverse backgrounds. Counselling can be broad or focused and patients may explore aspects of identity, spirituality, family relationships, past experiences, parenting, grief and loss, trauma, substance abuse, depression or anxiety.
Some patients know what they want to work towards and may wish to move straight into solution-based therapy. Here they actively participate in creating and working towards specific wellness goals with the assistance and support of their counsellor. Other patients wish to spend more time unpacking past experiences and patterns to better understand their thoughts and feelings before moving forward.
Your counsellor will work with you to determine your needs and what approach will suit you best. Counselling sessions can be contracted in blocks or they can be held one session at a time. You are free to continue or end counselling at any time regardless of which option you choose. Normally each session is paid for individually.
Some of the outcomes you can expect from counselling include: change in perspective, new insight, new ways of thinking about situations, new awareness of feelings, enhanced capacity to tolerate and regulate feelings, new actions or behaviours, and new decisions about life.