Personal Philosophy of Counselling
Counselling is first and foremost a valuable form of help for those in distress and the relationship between Client and Counsellor will always be the corner stone of this alliance. Therapeutic intervention not only encompasses practiced ability but more importantly it allows the Client to matter, to be heard, to be seen, to understand that we "get them".
Sufficient knowledge of counselling theories and theorists is required during initial Counselling/Psychotherapy training and beyond to provide an insight into the human condition and related therapeutic work. Carl Roger's Person Centred approach underpins the required elements necessary to work effectively within this helping profession and as such become crucial within this field.
Commitment to a collaborative process demonstrates this understanding and allows clients to make sense of their problem or life history, to grow, to heal traumas and to connect in a deep and meaningful way. Clients need their Counsellor to believe in them, to be empathic and understanding, to be a partner in the process, to offer trust and hope. Being respectful and curious about childhood experiences helps get to the root of the clients issue and to convey that they had strengths and survived. Providing a safe environment will allow clients to try new ways of being and will encourage self care and compassion.