Common misconceptions about counselling:
“A Counsellor will tell me how to live my life”
Receiving advice can be helpful in the short term, but won’t help us to work through issues in the long term. Advice won’t give us the resources we need to deal with life’s challenges as they arise. Counsellors listen to your story and create a safe space. A space for you to explore, work through and develop a deeper understanding of self and the struggles you are experiencing. Your issues can be dealt with in counselling to allow healing and relief to be discovered and enjoyed.
Counsellors are not doctors, we do not diagnose.
“Counsellors fix people”
Actually our aim isn’t to fix you, as if you are a piece of mechanical equipment. Counsellors believe that each person has the ability to work through their problems. In counselling the counsellor works with you to help you make the changes you need.
“What happens if I don’t get on with my counsellor?”
Relationships are two way and so it is important in counselling for the counsellor and client to learn to trust one another. If you don’t feel comfortable working with your counsellor then it is appropriate to talk about it in the counselling session.
“As we grow as unique persons,
we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.”
– Robert H. Schuller