What is counselling?
Counselling, also used interchangeably with therapy, is a confidential space where clients speak with a trained professional about their thoughts and feelings. Therapists or counsellors will develop a client’s understanding of their emotions, behaviours, and feelings so that they may develop or better understand themselves.
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What happens in counselling
There are many different forms of therapy that may be employed during a counselling session, and certain therapists will often specialise in a specific field or technique.
Regardless of the type of therapy used in counselling sessions, most will follow the same setup. Clients (unlike psychiatry, people who attend counselling sessions are not referred to as “patients”) will attend regular sessions with a therapist for sessions lasting 45 – 60 minutes. How often these sessions occur will be determined between the client and the counsellor depending on the client’s needs and circumstances.
Counselling and therapy can be performed individually, in a group, or with a partner
Most counselling sessions will follow the same pattern but may vary depending on the type of therapy being undertaken. During the client’s time, they will discuss and explore their feelings and emotions with their counsellor and work towards understanding any particularly troubling situations or emotions they may have.