When you have something you would like to talk about to help you feel better, it can be helpful to talk to a Counsellor other than someone you know personally.
Having counselling is where you speak to the Counsellor in a confidential and safe place about what has been or is bothering you. The Counsellor will not judge you or give you advice. The Counsellor will simply listen to you and facilitate (not direct!) or guide the session using counselling skills; to help you find your own answers. This, in turn, helps you to discover more about yourself (your focus of awareness here is – finding out and understanding more about yourself) and more of an understanding, why you act in a certain way to certain situations.
Counselling can be very effective and can help you to express yourself and let go of repressed or denied emotions which need to come out. It can help you to talk about your problems, instead of bottling them up inside.
The Counsellor should keep everything you say confidential. He or she may work within the guidelines of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (B.A.C.P.) Ethical Framework. This ensures you should receive the best possible treatment and that the Counsellor acts in a Professional and Ethical manner – helping you to empower yourself and to, have confidence in the Counsellor’s approach.
The Counsellor attends Professional Supervision regularly and discusses his/her cases with a Supervisor. No names and addresses are mentioned. These discussions are also treated with strict confidentiality. This is a requirement of the B.A.C.P. and ensures that the Counsellor is working to his/her full potential and efficiency; protecting the interest of you, as the Client; and the Counsellor, as the facilitator.
What does counselling feel like?
It can feel like you are communicating with someone, rather than having an ordinary conversation. It can feel like someone is actually hearing your words and the Counsellor has a genuine interest in helping you. It feels like an open and honest relationship because there is trust in place. It can feel safe because you know that nothing you say is going to be repeated (other than to the Counsellor’s Professional Supervisor).