Apologies, but because of personal commitments I’m taking a break from counselling. The information below might still be helpful.
What do we hope for when we attend counselling? If we haven’t attended counselling before, it can feel daunting. We hope that we won’t be judged, that our difficult feelings will be understood and respected. We are likely to expect help in creating changes that could make life less painful and more enjoyable. All counselling approaches are designed to help fulfil these hopes and expectations.
If you are looking for a counsellor, it’s good to check if they are a member of a recognised organisation such as The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, as this means they will be adhering to a code of ethics. (But I believe there are skilled and trustworthy counsellors who are not members of such associations.)
Over the centuries, different ideas have evolved for exploring and understanding human difficulties. I chose to qualify in and practice Integrative Counselling. This approach allows the counsellor to know and understand a variety of ways to explore difficulties. It also allows freedom of thought, so Integrative practitioners tend to bring their own creative techniques to therapy. I believe this provides a highly personalised experience of counselling.