Counselling employs the use of the therapeutic relationship to work collaboratively with
clients to develop effective responses to life’s challenges.
Generally addressing specific issues or concerns experienced by individuals, couples or
families, the counsellor will focus on the clients’ emotions and thoughts (rather than
childhood experiences) and support the client to find their own solutions and
understandings of their difficulties.
The main aim of counselling is for a person to develop increased awareness of their deeper feelings, thoughts and inner strengths giving them greater confidence in their own ability to make decisions and problem solve. The therapist is merely a facilitator of the process and the person is the central focus of their own therapy.
Although issues are varied, the counselling relationship may revolve around decision-
making, attending to specific problems, coping with a particular crisis, developing individual insights and understanding, working through inner struggles or improving relationships with others.
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