Counselling provides a safe space to talk about some of the issues and challenges presenting in a person’s life. The trained Counsellor will initiate the therapeutic relationship by using a Person – Centred approach. This involves actively listening, taking notes, demonstrating empathy and unconditional positive regard.
Clients who opt for Counselling tend to desire an external trained professional to listen to them without judgement and to cultivate a space which harnesses positive and honest reflection. You may see a Counsellor individually, as a couple or with family members.
Counsellors DO NOT give advice. The Counsellor will assist in unpacking the reflection processes for all involved in the treatment and, without judgement, hold a space to explore all the potential options, paying attention to decisions which are being made driven by emotion and which are logical.
Once introductions have taken place, a contract or Working Agreement will be established which will underline the expectations of the therapeutic relationship between the client (s) and the Counsellor. Some Counsellors use an assessment template to ask general questions about history, childhood, presenting issues and setting milestones to work towards.
There may be times where clients are given homework or are invited to keep journals of their process outside of therapy, which includes paying attention to dreams and thoughts. All notes taken are stored securely in accordance with the GDPR guidelines.
Here at Therawake, clients are offered 6 sessions to begin with before reviewing, then it will be established whether the dosage is enough or whether the client chooses to establish a longer – term engagement with the Counsellor.