Counselling is an intense focus or short-term consideration on immediate problems to support the client to deal with a crisis which may have left the client unable to function in every day life. As a counsellor who uses mindfulness I am able to set aside time with you as a client to help explore what is happening in your life to try and give you another viewpoint on what has been happening.
The activity know as counselling can be understood as the same as Psychotherapy, however I would like to consider in this instance as short-term focused work is more appropriate for trying to help manage a crisis. It is normal that I might offer advice to a client in such a crisis, when normally I will try to empower a client to find their own solution to the situation.
Typical content and advice
Why would you seek counselling?
Typically a death of a close relative, a relationship breakup, debt management and bullying in the work place are a few issues where advice and guidance is more appropriate rather than looking at patterns of behaviour. It is normal to offer advice to clients and to help clients to re-organise their lives again, so that they are able to cope with the everyday. Counselling is meant to be a short term support to help the client get back to a sense of having some control of their lives.
What do you normally get from counselling?
The activities are predominately solution focused looking at developing coping strategies, identifying what needs to be done, giving priorities to activities and producing lists of critical activities. Counselling might also include referring clients onto specialist agencies where more appropriate short term work may be helpful.
The number of counselling sessions are limited to between six and eight. I prefer to see counselling clients on a weekly basis, to keep a better handle on what happening for them and to offer practical short-term help for the current crisis.