Sometimes you just need a non-judgmental, understanding, caring and supportive professional who will give you their undivided attention and help you make sense of what is happening to you or a loved one.
What happens in counselling?
Counsellors help you to tell your story and develop some responses that will work for you. They encourage you to find answers on your own.
How do I know if I should see a counsellor?
- Changes in yourself. You may become more irritable, feel you are not coping, become constantly angry, sullen, withdrawn, sad, weepy or go into spells of silence for long times. There may be other changes so that you will not feel yourself anymore.
- When circumstances or behaviour towards you becomes unacceptable or intolerable.
- When you feel unable to manage your relationships or function effectively.
- When you feel you are not coping with a change or trauma in your life.
What about confidentiality?
Counselling is a confidential process. What is said in the room stays in the room unless you agree otherwise.
The Counsellor may consult with supervisors to improve their skills to provide the highest quality of service to you but this is done without revealing your identity.
Except in a situation where you are a danger to yourself or others or where counsellors or agencies have a legal obligation to inform appropriate authorities, your information is strictly confidential.
If I think someone I know could benefit from counselling, what can I do?
- Talk to them about people you know who counselling has helped.
- Tell them about where they could go to.
- If they are hesitant or unsure, ask them what bothers them about talking to a counsellor.
- Let them know that ‘it’s better to talk’ to a professional counsellor.
- Review the stories of people who have been helped through counselling and encourage the person to read them.