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Counselling


Definition:
Counselling is a way of helping people solve their own emotional, personal or interpersonal issues. Counselling involves the development of a relationship between a client and a trained professional that focuses on the client's concerns and difficulties. Individuals in counselling have the opportunity to improve their own understanding of themselves, including their patterns of thought, behaviour, and feelings, and the way these may have been creating difficulties in their life.  


If a person is wanting to reflect more deeply about their life, or gain extra strategies to cope with a particular situation, it is helpful to connect with a counsellor.

There are times when it is important to seek counselling, including:

Feeling helpless or hopeless; experiencing personal issues, problem sleeping, and changes in eating habits; being unable to concentrate; experiencing a decline in academic performance; having persistent worry, prolonged sadness, suicidal thoughts, irritability, mood swings, a loss of control, difficulty making decisions, and uncertainty.

A counsellor may facilitate a process to support healthy physical choices, including staying physically active and maintaining healthy sleep and eating patterns.

A counsellor may facilitate a process to help individuals become aware of their thought patterns, and frame their ideas and thoughts positively.

A counsellor may facilitate a process to help people better understand their emotions and express their feelings in healthy ways.

A counsellor may facilitate a process to help connect individuals to others, or guide them in their chosen path of faith or spirituality.  Some individuals may view gaining deepr insights into their personal lives as a spiritual experience.

Brock University. (n.d.). Personal Counselling. Retrieved from http://www.brocku.ca/personal-counselling

 

Niagara College. (n.d.). Counselling Services. Retrieved from http://www.niagaracollege.ca/content/CounsellingDepartment/CounsellingDepartmentHome.aspx

 

Sibbald, B., Addington-Hall, J., Brenneman, D., & Obe, P. F. (1996). The role of counselors in general practice: A qualitative study. Occasional Paper: Royal College of General Practitioners, 74, 1-19.

 

 

University of Toronto: OISE. (2013). What is counselling psychology? Retrieved from http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/aphd/Prospective_Students/Programs/Counselling_Psychology/Program_Overview/What_is_Counselling_Psychology/