Counselling in Leeds, West Yorkshire

Psychology and Counselling are talking therapies.

Counselling, Hypnotherapy and Stress management are also forms of talking therapy but this is not immediately obvious. Where hypnosis is used, clients are asked to close their eyes (not only to indicate that hypnosis is taking place) but to facilitate shift from physical, mental and emotional awareness. Yet with counselling, psychology and stress management, hypnosis is part of treatment without explicit reference to this. In counselling the focus will be on client’s environmental interaction, educational and career development necessities. Counsellor also asses the emotional assets, mental strengths of clients and to what degree their personality interactions are intact. When a person feels emotionally upset the process of remembering and recounting what has happened to them is possible through a subconscious recall or what is known as a hypnotic re-experience and/or re-enactment.

The term counselling was coined by Carl Rogers in his work which he coined ‘Client centred’. Counsellors are not usually medically qualified. Counselling is a psychological specialization started in World War I. Counselling and psychology expanded all over the world now and can trace their global history in divergent theories and trends that represent cultural differences and education programs. Traditional counselling, indigenous trends and healing methods pre-date modern counselling by hundreds of years.

Only ten years ago psychology/psychiatry were still regarded as a ‘Cinderella profession’ by most medical doctors. Counsellor’s training requirements are based on personal preferences and may be performed on a self-employed or employed basis. Due to NHS reorganisation, counselling/psychology appearing as empirically measurable and the need to provide mental health support, counselling was singled out and counsellors now work in colleges and universities, with medical providers to deliver assessment and consultation to individuals, couples/families, community mental health services, rehabilitation agencies, medical centres, businesses and industrial organizations. Counsellors might research, process and examine outcomes for why a treatment and progress has happened. Counselling evaluates whether or not treatment was effective, under what conditions and what outcomes it can be considered to work for and which symptom reduction, behaviour change or quality of life improvement gained.

Relationships between a therapist/counsellor and client rely on rapport between them. Rapport is not the same as people liking each other but therapy without it cannot take place. Clients are responsible for building and maintaining rapport with the counsellor/therapist. Put in a simplistic way, as long as there is a working relationship, the answer is yes, there is rapport! As counsellor’s and therapist’s experience develops with each client they work with they’ll select a specialised field of expertise (hopefully realising that there is no such a thing as one counselling style to fit all clients or a once and for all lifelong resolution of all problems as a learning process).

What counselling is for

There are endless reasons why someone will seek counselling services rather than remain weighed down by Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Jealousy, Toxic relationships, Lack of confidence or other challenges. Most of us have heard that one in four people are suffering from mental health problems, but this is not to imply that it is always the same fourth person who is affected… or that they will do so for the rest of their lives… Even famous, talented and rich people can become afflicted at any time and without warning.

Counselling can help people stave off clinical illnesses as well as mental health challenges.

Counselling is motivational, helps coping with declining health or moving home. Counselling supports people when grieving, losing a job, career, business issues or personal relationships ending (not unlike other therapies). It is healthier to seek counselling or therapeutic treatments for emotional well-being before things get out of hand, turn into traumatic memories, loss of confidence/self-esteem, loneliness, disturbed sleep or finding life too painful to continue to stay alive.

Often victims of crime, abuse and injustice find it hard to find a friend or family member who is able to listen, give support or spare time for the right words for any length of time. There are very good reasons for this. The world has not suddenly become uncaring, but in our busy world it is easy to forget that we do not function like machines and respond better in the old-fashioned human way.

Though counselling appears a longer process, with a few people and in some cases, counselling is the only way forward. How many sessions are needed to resolve any issue depends on client’s personality and what their challenges are. Therefore, please be aware that we start with six sessions in which time client can assess their situation and how much improvement they gained. At the third session there will be a joint evaluation of progress to ensure that a client is confident that the six sessions will be enough for them. Clients will never be cut adrift, but there are stages and clients stay in control of their counselling process until they feel strong again and no longer need counselling.

I usually recommend books for clients to read as points of reference after the end of their treatment. That way at the first hurdle they are less likely to worry that therapy failed for them when life brings them similar or new challenges.

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