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Counselling

What Is It?
How Does It Work?
What Happens During Treatment?
What Is It Used For?
Side Effects/Cautions
Recommended Books


What Is It?
There are times at any stage of our lives when we may need help addressing problems and issues that cause us emotional distress or make us feel overwhelmed. Professional counsellors provide the help, support and respect people may need to master these challenges of life. Working in a diverse range of settings and with a variety of areas of specialised expertise, counsellors work with people to help them maximise their potential, make positive changes in their lives, and achieve their goals. Counsellors help to address issues such as anxiety, depression, addictions, sexual abuse, relationship problems, and grief.

How Does It Work?
Counselling helps people to explore conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings, and past and present experiences, with the aim of resolving emotional conflicts and personal difficulties.

Counsellors are able to offer a different perspective, and to suggest new or different approaches to coping with problems. By understanding problems more clearly, and by trying out new coping strategies, quality of life can dramatically improve.

Some counsellors specialise is areas such as rape crisis, marriage guidance, or addictions.

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What Happens During Treatment?
During a counselling session, all that is required is that you talk about what is bothering you as openly and honestly as you can. Your counsellor will listen to your concerns with respect and empathy, and help you develop a better understanding of them so that you may deal with them more easily and effectively.

Counsellors vary in how much talking they do in sessions and their focus of discussion. Your counsellor will want to work with you, but won’t do for you what you are capable of doing for yourself. You may be asked to complete certain tasks or "homework" assignments designed to improve communication and coping skills, strengthen self-esteem, and promote positive behaviours.

Except under unusual circumstances, such as risk of harm to yourself or others, your counsellor will maintain strict confidentiality.

Sessions usually last about an hour. The frequency of sessions depends on the problem, with crisis situations requiring several sessions within a short span of time. Most people attend one session each week until improvement is seen.

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What Is It Used For?
Counselling is recommended for people who have experienced some form of trauma such as rape or other forms of sexual abuse, a car or plane accident, violent crime, or a natural disaster such as an earthquake. It is also used to treat anxiety, depression, stress, grief, family or relationship problems, and can help people improve self-esteem and assertiveness.

Side Effects/Cautions
Counselling is a safe therapy for everyone.

It is important to find a counsellor who you feel comfortable with. If you have problems relating to a particular counsellor you may want to try a different one.

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Recommended Books

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Favorite Counseling And Therapy Techniques: 51 Therapists Share Their Most Creative Strategies
Howard G. Rosenthal

In this exciting book, some of the finest therapists in the world reveal their favorite techniques. Albert Ellis, the father of Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, explains how he uses a tape recorder to help clients vigorously dispute irrational thinking. Arnold Lazarus, the creator of Multimodal Therapy, shows how he implements his innovative Time Tripping Technique for rapidly dispelling emotional distress. Learn from William Glasser, the founder of Reality Therapy, how to integrate Choice Theory to become a more effective therapist. Noted psychotherapy expert Raymond Corsini uses his highly creative 'turning the tables' on the client to make clients think like a counselor. Allen E. Ivey, pioneer in the area of microcounseling attending skills, makes sessions more productive by using his community genogram. Editor/Contributor and Encyclopedia of Counseling author Howard Rosenthal uses olfactory post hypnotic suggestions to eliminate undesirable habits or ward off panic attacks. There are more than forty other creative strategies that can be used to improve counseling and therapy sessions.

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Person-Centred Counselling in Action (Counselling in Action series)
Dave Mearns

Widely regarded as a classic text, Person-Centred Counselling in Action has now been revised and updated to take account of recent developments in theory and practice. This bestselling exploration of one of the most popular approaches in counselling today is invaluable for students and experienced counsellors alike.The authors explore the philosophical base to the approach originated by Carl Rogers and stress the considerable personal demands which it places upon practitioners. Using a comprehensive case study to relate theory to practice, they discuss in depth the core conditions of empathy, acceptance and congruence. Central to the book is the insight it provides into how it feels to be the counsellor and the client involved in a trusting, caring, therapeutic relationship. As well as providing an excellent starting point for all who wish to develop an understanding of this widely used and highly valued approach, this edition will be essential reading for experienced practitioners who wish to remain at the cutting edge of an evolving discipline.

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Grief: The Mourning After: Dealing with Adult Bereavement, 2nd Edition
Catherine M. Sanders

In this revised edition of her classic guide, Catherine Sanders develops an integrative theory of bereavement that serves as the basis for effective strategic interventions for those suffering with grief. At the heart of her approach is a model comprised of five distinct stages of bereavement - shock, awareness of loss, conservation-withdrawal, healing, and renewal. Her theory also emphasizes the need to tailor interventions so as to allow the bereaved to experience grief in a manner consistent with his or her unique personality. Grief: The Mourning After is a necessary working resource for psychotherapists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, grief counsellors, and anyone who works in the health care profession.

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