Why do we need Counselling?

Since counsellors aren’t part of the people involved in a situation, they are some of the best people to talk about regarding your issues. Their insights always come from a friendly and neutral point of view, which allows you to see another perspective from the eyes of someone that is outside the situation in general. It’s important to remember that counsellors don’t generally tell you what you need to do, but rather help you get clearer insight on what the situation and lead you to the kind of move you want to make in order to make a positive change in your life.

Is counselling right for me?

Seeking out counselling is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come for counselling. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a counsellor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a counsellor can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Counselling can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Counselling is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

What can I expect in a counselling session?

Every counselling session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. During therapy sessions it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts 50 minutes. Sometimes individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. Counselling can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the counselling sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. Between sessions it is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life. For counselling to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.

What benefits can I expect from working with a Counsellor?

Counselling can provide insight and new perspectives into life’s challenges and can help create solutions to difficult problems. Many people find that working with a counsellor can enhance personal development, improve relationships and family dynamics, and can ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful. Overall, people in counselling tend to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased conflict, and improved quality of life.

Some of the benefits available from counselling sessions include:

  • Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety
  • Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns
  • Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior
  • Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being
  • Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Navigating life’s obstacles more effectively
  • Improving listening and communication skills
  • Enhancing the overall quality of life
Are counselling sessions confidential?

Yes. In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychologist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse.-The counselling psychologist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s.-The counselling psychologist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. -The counselling psychologist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.