Counselling is working out personal problems with the help of a trained professional. The counsellor helps you to resolve your problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness. The overall aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity for you to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way.
The first session will help you to decide whether the counsellor is the right one for you. Questions to ask yourself include:
Do I feel comfortable?
Am I able to talk freely about deeply personal thoughts and emotions?
Is the counsellor paying attention to me?
Do I feel they understand and respect me?
Counselling usually refers to short-term treatment for a particular problem. Psychotherapy usually refers to longer-term treatment for complex issues that are having a negative effect on a person’s life. There can be a lot of overlap between the two approaches, depending on the needs of the person.