Tina Mann

Counselling is a professional (therapeutic) relationship between a qualified counsellor and a client(s).  Its focus is to help clients gain insight and understanding, regarding their personal life events (both past and present).

The following reflects on the aims of counselling which promote the diversity of theoretical models (i.e.: psychodynamic, person-centered):

Self-awareness - becoming more aware of your own thoughts and feelings, possibly before denied; and developing insight into how others may perceive you. 

Self-acceptance - developing a more positive attitude about your self; looking at/working through experiences which maybe linked with self-criticism or rejection etc.

Insight - understanding ones own emotional difficulties and developing a more rational aspect towards feelings, thoughts, actions.

Problem solving - the opportunity to solve a problem (issue) which has previously been difficult to do, perhaps without support.

Social skills - developing social and interpersonal skills such as eye-contact, assertiveness.

Empowerment - developing skills, awareness and knowledge which will aid the client in social situations.

Systemic change - looking at social systems (i.e.: family dynamics).

Cognitive change - changing and understanding irrational thoughts/beliefs.


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