Founded: Sigmund Freud; Established ‘Psychoanalysis’ (1881)
Carl Rogers; Established ‘Person Centred/Humanistic Approach’ (1940s/1950s)
Therapy Type: Mind-Body
WHAT EXACTLY IS COUNSELLING THERAPY?
Counselling consists of an extensive and wide-ranging category of therapeutic assistance. Organisations under the umbrella of counselling therapy include; 'Relate', which help with relationship and marriage issues, 'Cruise' which supports individuals in coping with bereavement. ‘Mind’ assists with particular illnesses, conditions or mental health problems, or very specific help, in looking at relationship or life crises that culminated in childhood.
Counselling enables exploration into the conscious and subconscious world of thoughts and feelings, examining current and past experiences, using a different perspective, to discover new or alternative ways to cope with issues and/or resolve personal conflicts or difficulties. Through the understanding of obstacles and the application of new strategies, a client’s life can significantly improve.
When choosing a therapist, the client needs to consider and be able to feel that a sense of trust can be formed with the therapist, as the client needs to feel safe and secure when opening themselves and revealing their feelings, fears or experiences.
Utilizing the skills of counseling therapy is of equal importance to seeking help for a physical condition. If any problems occur with any particular counselor a client may seek the assistance of different therapist.
IS COUNSELLING THE RIGHT THERAPY FOR YOU?
Counselling may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM COUNSELLING THERAPY SESSIONSCounselling is a relatively short-term therapy. Sessions usually last between 45 minutes to an hour and the frequency of sessions is dependent on the problem. For example, crisis situations would require several sessions within a short span of time. Most people will attend one session per week until improvement is seen.
Counselling is a safe therapy for everyone. Clients often feel a sense of relief after the initial session, as there is often a physical sensation of a weight being lifted from their shoulders. However, it is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC). Counsellors are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified professional Counsellors within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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