Counselling – first steps

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Counselling or therapy is an opportunity to address and work on life-issues to find resolutions or solutions that lead to more effective, fulfilling and rewarding ways of living. Our experience at KLC Counselling supports research showing that most people find counselling to be both helpful and fruitful, with most clients feeling empowered, improved and better for their counselling journey. However, it is also our experience that this journey is greatly enhanced when time is taken prior to counselling to be as fully prepared as possible.

To discuss counselling or book an appointment,
email or call Karen Cherrington today on 07832 195924

“Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average.” ― Sigmund Freud

What counselling outcome?

A good first-step in being prepared for counselling is simply to define some objectives or goals and hopefully to be clear on what should be discussed or achieved. Therefore, prior to the commencement of counselling, time put aside to think things through is wise. This might be a good opportunity to start a therapy-journal or to simply keep notes on resulting thoughts. Such preparation is a good idea, but not essential and if goals and hoped for outcomes are vague, that’s fine too. A skilled counsellor will help to uncover these things and to define objectives.

What approach will work best?

Along with time spent to consider goals or outcomes, it can also be helpful to consider what counselling approach might be beneficial. This is not to suggest that a person need be fluent in the various counselling disciplines, but rather to be self-aware through previous self-experience. Most of us know ourselves better than anyone. We know what makes us tick and we probably know how we best respond to solving problems. The past can be a good point of reference and often useful to share with a counsellor. One key aspect to consider with counselling is that it is not a one-way street. Counselling takes work, as much for the client as for the counsellor. Those who sit back with the status of passenger in a counselling journey, often gain the least. Those who assume the driving seat, drawing on the experience of a counsellor as ‘co-pilot’, often see a more fruitful harvest.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ― Dalai Lama

Homework is important

Those who restrict their counselling journey to 50 minutes each week, will take significantly longer to reach their destination than those who keep matters active between sessions. For this reason, keeping a therapy-journal is an excellent investment of time. Therapy journals can lead to a growing self-awareness, where between sessions, clients record their thoughts and feelings on a daily basis. In this way, things discussed can be further explored during the week, thus extending the value of each 50-minute session and leading to faster and more fruitful counselling outcomes.

Counselling relationship

Sharing intimate details of our lives with a complete stranger does not come easy to everyone, yet research shows that those who choose to be as open and honest as possible, will gain the most from the relationship.

To discuss counselling or book an appointment,
email or call Karen Cherrington today on 07832 195924