What Happens in Counselling Sessions

Counselling, also known as therapy, helps you to resolve personal issues and improve your well-being. Here’s an overview of what typically happens during these sessions:

Initial Consultation: Getting Acquainted

  • Introductions: I’ll introduce myself and explain how the sessions will work.
  • Personal Background: I’ll ask about your personal history and current concerns.
  • Setting Objectives: Together, we’ll set specific goals for what you want to achieve in therapy.

Understanding Core Issues

  • Communication Patterns: We’ll discuss how you communicate with others, identifying any issues.
  • Conflict Areas: We’ll explore conflict areas in your life and find better ways to handle them.
  • Deeper Issues: We’ll consider any underlying issues, such as past traumas or personal stressors, that affect your well-being.

Therapeutic Approaches

  • Active Listening: You’ll learn to listen to yourself and others without interrupting.
  • Role-Playing: We’ll practice new ways of interacting through role-play.
  • Homework Assignments: You’ll get tasks between sessions, like journaling or practising new skills.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): We’ll work on changing any negative thinking patterns.
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): We’ll look to improve your emotional awareness and regulation.

Addressing Specific Concerns

  • Anxiety and Stress: We’ll address issues related to anxiety and develop coping strategies.
  • Self-Esteem: We’ll work on improving your self-esteem and self-worth.
  • Relationships: If relevant, we’ll discuss and improve your interpersonal relationships.

Tracking Progress

  • Regular Check-Ins: I’ll assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Feedback: You’ll provide feedback on what is working and needs improvement.

Concluding and Follow-Up

  • Ending Therapy: We’ll decide together when therapy has achieved its goals.
  • Follow-Up Sessions: We may consider optional sessions to maintain progress and address any new issues.

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources which may help you decide if counselling is right for you:

  • Psychology Today: A comprehensive resource.
  • BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Provides a directory of qualified counsellors and information about therapy.

Counselling provides a safe space to explore your issues and work towards a healthier, happier life. If you’re considering therapy, counselling sessions can offer the guidance and support needed to improve your well-being. If you want to learn more about my Barnsley-based counselling services, please contact me at 07903 274 683 for an informal chat.