What is Counselling?
Counselling is a relationship, a lively human and personal experience between two people. The aim of the relationship is to assist the client to find their own answers to their problems, so as to make it as meaningful for the client as possible.
You may be confused between the difference between a Counsellor and a psychotherapist. Truth is there is very little difference these days. The initial differences were that psychotherapy was born out of the medical world and has now filtered down into the mainstream. The beginnings of counselling started from a ‘grassroots’ movement that has evolved and the ideas have grown upwards.
The two disciplines are pretty much indistinguishable from each other. There are times in our lives when we experience distressing events or trauma that leaves us lost and not aware of a way forward. We may be able to pinpoint the event that has been the problem but often people find themselves in distress without a visible cause.
Counselling can help identify issues from the past that may be hindering our thought processes. Counselling can help by talking things through, any problem can be talked through and often a positive outcome will arise. Having a dedicated time and safe, non judgemental space to discuss our issues gives us time to think. Ideas thoughts and feelings can be aired; even the parts of ourselves that we may not like may be discussed and dealt with.
So whoever you are, whatever your problems are, whether they are a life event like divorce or bereavement or feeling confused, disillusioned, worried or depressed it can be helpful to talk things over with a trained counsellor.
Justine Dickinson is trained to take the best elements of counselling and psychotherapy models and put them together in a unique approach, which concentrates on treating all the problems most commonly seen by professional counsellors and therapists.
Justine is an integrative counsellor which essentially means she integrates different models and approaches in counselling to adapt to individual problems and needs.