Counselling is one of the “talking therapies” which allows a person to talk with a trained counsellor, about their problems and feelings, in confidential and reliable surroundings.
In qualifying, a counsellor is trained to listen with empathy and compassion in a non-judgemental way.
Through this process the client is helped to understand and
counteract negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours that can be blocking
personal peace happiness and fulfilment.
“Counselling” is often used to refer to talking therapies in general, however counselling is a particular type of therapy recognised in its own right.
Within the main body of Counselling there are different approaches to the therapeutic relationship based on psychotherapy theories formulated and brought into being by a number of Psychologists in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Some of these who have influenced Humanistic Counselling are Carl Jung, Martin Buber, Roberto Assagioli, Fritz Perls, Carl Rogers and Natalie Rogers, Victor Frankl, John Bowlby, Eric Berne and Irvin Yalom.
Carl Rogers is one of the founders of the Humanistic approach
(or client-centred approach) to psychology. Rogers is
widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of psychotherapy.
Bereavement is a vast area psychology that may benefit from counselling, as it will affect everyone during his or her lifetime and for most of us, will be the most distressing experience we will ever face.
Grief is what we feel when somebody we are close to dies. Everyone experiences grief differently and there is no 'normal' or 'right' way to grieve.