Counselling and psychotherapy are professional services that support people to develop better understanding of themselves and others, address life difficulties and make the changes they want in their lives (PACFA).
While there are many forms of counselling, the effectiveness and results are determined by the relationship built with the therapist. The therapist provides a supportive caring space, where the individual is safe to explore the issue that has brought them to counselling.
The role of the counsellor is to enable the client to explore various aspects of their life, by talking openly and freely in a safe environment. This opportunity is unique, as the counsellor is free from personal involvement and bias and instead works to offer a judgment free presence.
Areas addressed may be specific or broad. Below are some reasons people seek counselling:
- Conflict in relationships (partners, family, friends, colleagues)
- Anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns
- Emotional wellbeing
- Past or present abuse
- Addictive behaviours
- Workplace stress
- Learn new skills such as relaxation, anger management and mindfulness.
Teenagers face immense pressure juggling school, home and relationships, while navigating the physical and emotional changes taking place. During these years major growth happens physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and they start to ask themselves “Who am I?” and “ How do I fit into this world?”
Through these years it is essential that youth stay connected. While ideally they have family, friends and peers they can talk to and to guide them, this is not always the case. Counselling can provide the connection and conversation they need and desire.
Counselling can support them as they manage this complex time and work with them to build resilience, improve relationships with themselves and others as well as link into other community resources.
How can Child Centered Counselling help? With the use of expressive therapies and play, children may address the following areas (and more):
- Improve expression and management of emotions.
- Develop self-esteem and resilience.
- Increase social skills.