What is Counselling?

There are quite a few different types of counselling. Some examples are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), person-centred counselling, psychodynamic counselling and transactional analysis.  It may seem a confusing task to try to choose from whats available. The majority of them however, have person-centred values as their basis which means you won't be judged, the counsellor will empathise with your situation and should be genuine in the relationship.

Person-centred counselling is based on the belief that you have the answers. Your counsellor will help you to become aware of your feelings which in turn leads to a better understanding of your situation. You can then make decisions about changes you need to make. Your counsellor won't advise you however.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) looks at thought patterns that may have become habitual and aims to help you modify your behaviour by changing your thinking. Psycho-dynamic therapy involves  looking at the forces behind your behaviour, feelings and emotions but with an emphasis on your early experiences.