WHY CONSULT A PSYCHOLOGIST?
Everyday problems, such as work stress, relationship difficulties and coping with illness can seriously affect your life.
Addressing these concerns is vital to enjoying life and relationships.
Psychologists can help with these situations. They equip people with the skills needed to function better and to prevent problems.
WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
Counselling is an informed dialogue or discussion between the psychologist and the person being counselled which typically:
Helps the person being counselled to identify those issues, feelings and circumstances in his or her life which are causing, or contributing to concern or unhappiness.
Provides the person being counselled with options and methods to help them come to terms with, and (where possible) resolve, those issues or concerns.
Often leads to the person being counselled coping or dealing with those issues and their life circumstances in a more constructive and positive way.
Sometimes the word psychotherapy is used. This is a form of counselling that engages the body’s natural regulating processes, often called emotions, to change behaviour to improve relationships and lifestyle.
OBJECTIVES OF COUNSELLING
Different people seek different outcomes from counselling. Because of this, it is important to tell the psychologist about what you are expecting, or hoping for, as a result of participating in the counselling process.