The term ‘counselling’ is often used along with ‘therapy’, ‘psychotherapy’, ‘talking therapy’, ‘psychological therapy’ and ‘talking treatment’ to describe the process of meeting with a trained professional to talk about troubles and explore difficult feelings.
Counselling skills form the basis of all talking therapies.
This means intentionally helping a person feel able to talk, through listening carefully to what they are saying, paying close attention, helping them feel heard and understood.
This is the attitude of being non-
This is the skill of sensing, feeling and understanding what is really going on for the other person. It is a bit like the ability to be able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
Clinical Psychologist’s are trained to a Doctorate level of qualification and work from a variety of therapeutic models (approaches), all of which include counselling skills. We aim to provide a safe space for the person to talk about feelings, express their thoughts and to know that someone is listening to them. We aim to enable people to explore solutions to dilemmas and will draw on a range of models to understand the difficulties experienced and offer strategies to help find a way forward. Because we are able to use a variety of models, we are usually able to find an approach that will suit the individual’s preferences and address their difficulties.