There are many reasons why people seek counselling: relationship difficulties, work, stress, bereavement, depression, anxiety and trauma, are but to name a few. The role of the counsellor is to help to explore ways of understanding the individual’s problems. Maybe through learning to let go, to move on, create new strategies, or even to find an acceptance of where you are now.
Talking to a counsellor provides a space to share difficulties and a safe confidential environment to explore feelings and emotions, to discover the possibility of a more creative way forward.
Brief Therapy Counselling
Brief Therapy works by seeking out resources and building towards what might be, rather than examining what has gone before. In practice, this means that rather than trying to get to the root of the problem and then fixing it, the counsellor will help the patient to identify and concentrate on his/her resources, gradually progressing to the construction of a way forward by making use of these resources. Many patients will need no more than 6-8 sessions - and frequently less. The minimum of time is spent on discussing the actual problem so the process is less likely to be distressing, is always liberating and often enjoyable.
This form of counselling has been growing in popularity in the UK since the late 1980's, and is now commonly used throughout the NHS and social services because it is so cost effective. Its success rate has been shown to be the same as that of traditional counselling, and it is more popular with clients. It can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including depression, panic attacks and relationship problems.
The aim of spiritual counselling is to help you connect with your inner strength and wisdom, whatever your beliefs. You are helped to gain clarity and peace, calling on the inner resources you need to make the next step forward in your life. In addition to traditional counselling methods, silence, prayer, meditation and visualisation may all form part of the spiritual counselling if they are appropriate to your needs. As with other forms of counselling the contract involves clearly agreed boundaries and commitment to privacy and confidentiality. Respect for the client’s values and personal beliefs and sensitivity to his or her cultural and faith traditions are an integral part of spiritual counselling.