About Counselling

Counselling is time set aside by you and the counsellor to look at what has brought you to therapy. This might include talking about life events, (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. The counsellor will do their best to help you to look at your issues.

They will not give advice on what to do with your life, however, they will help you to identify the right course of action, either to help resolve your difficulties or help find ways of coping. Talking about these things may take time and it is often a difficult process, however, it is also beneficial in helping you to move forward.

You decide on the main focus, the pace, the level of detail you want to go into. The most important thing the counsellor needs to know is how you feel because that is where the changes can start to be made.

Talking to a counsellor can help

If you are not sure where to begin, the counsellor can help you talk about things, but they cannot decide what you need to talk about. Counselling is a collaborative approach where both you and the counsellor will work together to gain an understanding, reach a level of acceptance, and make changes. Talking to a counsellor can help increase your awareness of how you are feeling, or bring a level of understanding that reduces the distress or unhappiness. Some of the most important aspects of counselling is receiving acknowledgement of your feelings and your situation. Talking things through can bring great relief, and allow changes to be made.

We follow the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and provide regular supervision for all counsellors to ensure clients receive a safe and professional service.

Our aim is to help you develop the ability to deal with problematic situations you may face in your life, not only now but also in the future.

Depending upon the volunteers with us at any one time, Cairns can offer a variety of Counselling approaches. It is important to note that one approach is not better than another. The most important factor is that you feel comfortable with your Counsellor to talk through your issues.

Variety of Counselling approaches

Depending upon the volunteers with us at any one time, Cairns can offer a variety of Counselling approaches. It is important to note that one approach is not better than another. The most important factor is that you feel comfortable with your Counsellor to talk through your issues.

  • Person Centred
  • Psychodynamic
  • Pluralistic
  • Integrative