There are several broad types of counselling that a client may be offered. All counsellors tailor what they offer to suit the client’s individual needs.
A counsellor will aim to help a client to get a clear overview of the problem and to help to either come up with a solution or support the client to find a solution.
The opportunity to talk to someone caring and supportive is enough to help some clients to re-engage with their own coping mechanism. However, some clients require a more detailed approach on.
As a client you need to be clear about what you want. You will work together with your counsellor so you need to be straight with them. If you aren’t getting what you need from your sessions you will need to let your counsellor know.
The following three examples of counselling can be used;
Psychodynamic counselling is a form of counselling that concentrates on patterns of relationships. It often looks at your previous relationships and how those experiences could be holding you back in your current relationship. Psychodynamic counselling will help you to explore how you communicate with others and understand how you can choose a more constructive way of communication so that you can change the way you interact with people to help current and future relationships.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of counselling that is purely solution focused. It helps you to put into action changes to help tackle unhelpful thinking habits. This form of counselling requires the client to be committed to working towards goals that they have set themselves. There is strong evidence for its effectiveness in treating depression and anxiety.
Person-centred counselling is a supporting form of counselling where clients are encouraged to find their own solutions to their problems. Person-centred counselling tries to avoid any form of advice. This form of counselling is great for clients who want to get things off their chest.
Asking for help is always difficult. You may feel like you are admitting that you have lost control or losing control and this can be a painful and scary admission. You may have concerns about finding the right counsellor that you can talk to without feeling rejection or ridicule. Are lives are very personal to us and so are our difficulties that we face in them. Counsellors are here to help no matter what the clients issue or difficulty. They are not there to judge the client or discuss the client’s difficulties with anyone else.