Monthly Archives: June 2011

How Counselling Works

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, depressed, anxious, alone or just not coping, counselling can support you and help you to understand how you respond or react to life’s happenings and why.

Being supported through difficult times can be a catalyst for change or help you adjust to or accept challenging circumstances.

What you can gain from counselling

• Personal Growth – a greater awareness of your thoughts, feelings and how you behave

• Moving forward – an awareness of any repeating patterns or behaviours in your life

• Sense of empowerment – learn to recognize old behaviours and do things differently

• Shared perspective – feel validated and supported in your efforts

• Structured support – gentle guidance in setting and achieving your goals

The relationship between counsellor and client

Working closely with another human being who takes the time to really listen and understand you and your concerns – without trying to ‘fix’ things for you – can be very helpful if you are going through a difficult period in your life.  The counsellor focuses on your current needs and problems in each session, working ‘in the moment’.

How often do you see a counsellor?

Clients usually come once a week for six to eight sessions.  You then reassess your needs together and may have several more appointments at less frequent intervals.  Sessions usually last for 60 minutes.


It is normal for counsellors to make some notes after a session; this is to ensure progress and continuity in your treatment.  Sessions are private and confidential and any personal details or notes taken are stored under lock and key.

Details regarding your counselling may be discussed with a supervisor because it is important for all counsellors to receive supervision from another trained practitioner to ensure they are properly serving your needs.  However, your anonymity will always be preserved.