WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
Counselling is a one-to-one talking therapy. It helps children and young people to communicate what might be troubling them, and have an experience of being understood.
A child or young person might work together with their counsellor on a specific task or on more general growth areas.
Some of these growth areas might include:
- helping them to make sense of their own history;
- helping them get closer to understanding why they feel and behave as they do;
- helping them to think about losses and the process of mourning those losses;
- helping them to move on in their emotional or social development;
- helping them to build resilience so that they're better equipped to deal with the pressures of life.
Counsellors work in different ways using one or a combination of approaches.
I'm a psychodynamic counsellor. This means I try to explore what lies at the root of behaviours, beliefs and anxieties to try to understand and resolve problems by working through them.
Psychodynamic work is, typically, longer than other forms of counselling as it tries to tackle causes rather than trying to fix symptoms.