What is Counselling?
Counselling is founded upon a professional relationship between a counsellor and client. Within this relationship a client can explore their challenges and life experiences with the goal of improved mental health and overall wellness. As a counsellor I facilitate growth by first promoting a space of safety and trust. Within this space, the process of counselling is dynamic. Together with my client, we may gain insight into a client's experiences by observation of our direct relationship and interaction.
As counsellor I use established theoretical frameworks and principles to enhance my clients' growth, healing, and improved mental wellness. Though these principles are used to guide our time together, they will only be used to the point at which my client is comfortable. Our work together will always be collaborative and is always in service of my client's personal goals.
I draw inspiration from a branch of psychodynamic theory known as attachment theory. The attachment framework allows me to connect a client’s development and childhood experiences with adult challenges and relationship behaviour. Attachment theory also helps me to better understand a client’s response system and the coping mechanisms that they use when experiencing challenges.
The attachment framework also informs my belief in the power of a therapeutic relationship, and confirms my responsibility to create a space of safety and trust. Within a secure therapeutic relationship, clients can become empowered to approach difficulties with greater confidence. Clients will also feel safe to explore new thoughts, behaviours, and emotions, which ultimately leads to an improved sense of self.
I am also inspired by a cognitive-behavioural model in my work with many clients. In my practice I have seen individuals experience real change as they learn the connection between thoughts, emotion, and behaviour. While my belief in the change process is rooted in the therapeutic relationship, I see clients strengthened by their ability to learn and apply cognitive interventions. I regularly work with both Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in my practice.