What is Therapy 101

So I have recently been asked to write some information for a company I am working with to provide mental health support. They were wondering how to explain therapy or counselling to potential clients. This is the response I gave:

  • Counselling is a one to one conversation between a counsellor and a client.
  • Anything can be discussed in the conversation.
  • The counsellor is there to listen.
  • Each conversation is called a session and last up to an hour.
  • The things said in the session are private or confidential.
  • Unless you tell the counsellor about an illegal activity such as money laundering, drug trafficking, terrorism, human trafficking, child abuse or serious risk of harm to someone.
  • Confidentiality will be explained to you in the first session.
  • You get to choose if you want to go to counselling or not – if you don’t want to just let us know.
  • Remember your counsellor will respect you, remember to respect them.
  • Over the sessions you and your counsellor can discuss anything you wish to. The aim is to help you feel better and think differently about your situation.
  • Sometimes the counsellor may offer you a technique to help you – it is always your choice to try these, they don’t always work as everyone is different.
  • Your counsellor will work with you to try to find the best way for you to feel better.
  • Everyone is an individual and thus every therapeutic relationship formed is individual.
  • Some things clients talk to counsellors about are: grief, loss, anxiety, depression, sadness, illness, health, families, work, money, abuse, rape, children, stress, difficult choices, divorce, relationships, sexuality, gender, addictions, self-harm, eating issues, and many more.
  • Counselling usually takes place once a week. It can be the same time each week or different days or times to suit you (within reason).
  • Things can start to feel worse before they feel better as emotions are talked about. This is very normal.
  • Counselling helps most people but there is no guarantee it will fix everything.
  • You have to want to talk to your counsellor and make a change, counselling is something you do, not something that is done to you.

If you’d like some face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds on laura@wrightminds.co.uk or 07598810304