Counselling takes place when you look for a professional help in gaining insight into a problematic aspect of your life. The counsellor does her best to help you to see clearly what life is confronting you, so that you feel able to deal with the situation in a positive frame of mind. Your counsellor will listen to you and together you will explore the ways in which you see the world and the shadows of experience which colour it. In general, counselling helps you to find ways of dealing with difficult issues and circumstances and make changes that enable you to lead a more fulfilling life.
Counselling begins with discussion of whatever it is that you wish to talk about. The topic of concern can be approached head on, or it can be approached in a roundabout way. The counsellor will attempt to give shape and focus to what the client has to say, but without suggesting any kind of ideological framework on what is being said. Often a client is not sure for themselves exactly what it is that is bothering them, so a variety of possibilities need to be looked at. This introductory phase is all about letting the situation speak for itself and seeing things as they are.
Then comes a period of analysis, in which the key points of what a client has had to say can be examined from several angles, so that the client can be presented with an objective view of their situation. Once objectivity has been achieved, the most positive ways of moving forward can be explored.