Counselling is a shared process, between two or more people.
Individuals, couples,families and children can access counselling through the health service or private counselling.
When making contact with a counsellor, have in mind what you wish to achieve as the outcome of your therapy. This will assist your therapist in understanding you and shaping the sessions towards that end goal.
For counselling to work there needs to be commitment from all parties involved in wanting to work towards your (the client’s) need for change. In response to the information shared by you, your counsellor will share her
thoughts, feelings and understanding of what you have given her, offering further avenues of thought and alternative choices for you to discuss and decide upon.
All information you share will be heard with empathy and acceptance and kept within the confines of the therapy room. The relationship between you (the client) and your therapist is of primary importance. If you feel resentful or angry during or after a session, you need to let your therapist know. Perhaps she misunderstood or misheard something you said, without you sharing this information she will be unaware of what has happened or how you are feeling. If it is something you didn’t understand, share it at the beginning of the session so there is time to explore it, and then you will feel freer in sharing other issues.