Counselling is a helping profession.
Many people use it to work through difficult issues, or, for personal development purposes.
There are various form of counselling (or ‘therapy’). They include ‘person-centred’ (which is non-directive and works at the pace of the client), ‘solution focussed’ (which works towards problem solving) and ‘cognitive behavioural therapy’ – CBT (which has the underpinning that if a thought can be changed, the feeling can change).
As practitioners learn more about the profession and counselling techniques, many work ‘eclectically’ or ‘integratively’ – combining different therapies, tailor-making them so-to-speak to fit the needs of the client. This is often the best way of working as although humans share similarities, we are unique beings. Integrative-working therefore, takes this into prime consideration, not seeing counselling as a one-size-fits-all, but instead, as a profession that needs to fit in with the needs of the client, i.e., you.
Counselling has evolved hugely over the years. It began with professions such as doctors, lawyers and the clergy giving advice to those in need (Savic-Jabrow, 2015). Nowadays, counselling is a profession in its own right with many people seeing ‘therapists’ or ‘counsellors’ for various issues that include abuse; bereavement; stress and trauma.
If you feel there are issues that you would like to address or areas in your life you would like to develop, and, if talking to friends and family hasn’t helped (often it doesn’t as they can have vested interests or are too close to view your issues objectively), counselling can help.