What is Counselling ?

Counselling : A prevention and early intervention process

It’s natural to be a little nervous and apprehensive before starting the counselling process. For men this is often heightened by the enormous pressure they feel in having to have it all together, to be a success, to be a leader, to be constantly strong, to be a good father, amazing lover and supportive partner. There's not much room for saying 'I need help'.

A counsellor is a trained, objective professional with whom you can build a healing and trusting relationship. They are trained to offer different types of assistance; most frequently talking-based styles of therapy.

Counselling is an early intervention process of talking about and working through your personal problems with a counsellor. The counsellor helps you to address your problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness. For some people, just the process of telling their story to a counsellor, and being listened to, is helpful.

A trained counsellor is someone trained to offer a talk-based therapy. There are many different types of talk-based therapy. A counsellor may work in partnership with a medical doctor or other health professional at times to give comprehensive and integrated care.

Counselling provides confidential support. This means that everything you discuss with the counsellor is private, between you and the counsellor. The exception is when a counsellor has a duty of care to report something that threatens your wellbeing or the wellbeing of others. This legal requirement will be explained to you in your first counselling session.

There are many different types of counselling and approaches that counsellors use will vary.

Anyone who is struggling with a personal concern can seek counselling. No issue is too big or too small to ask for support. Common issues that people seek counselling for include:

  • grief and loss

  • communication and relationships issues

  • work and career issues

  • stress, anxiety and depression

  • life transitions such as the birth of a new baby, separation, divorce or the death of a family member or friend

  • parenting

  • addiction

  • abuse

  • trauma

  • self-esteem difficulties

  • exploring their gender identity and/or sexuality.