Counselling is the process of discussing problems with a professional with the goal of resolving or overcoming emotional distress.
Although it has a technical definition, it has become the generic term for all forms of talking therapy.
Unlike more technical forms of psychotherapy however, counselling does not normally involve ‘telling’ people specific ways that they should think or behave in order to solve their problems.
Many people find that simply being able to talk about their problems with a professional counsellor has a markedly positive impact on the way that they feel and may even allow them to get back on with the business of living their lives without the need for any additional work.
This is what is meant by the popular strap-line “It’s good to talk” that is repeated all over the media today.
Counselling is a Relational Process
These days, counselling is regarded as the process of two or more people talking openly about their worries and concerns.
In this sense it can be thought of as a relational act, the act of relating to another person in a way that provides that person with a sense of relief from their emotional distress.
There is much research that this relational act in itself is highly therapeutic before any kind of ‘technical’ therapy process is also added-in.
Psychosocial counselling sets out to help you to understand and solve your problems from the point of view of what has happened to you and NOT what is wrong with you.
This approach is known as psychosocial therapy and here at Lee Psychology we help our clients to achieve a more meaningful and lasting recovery by offering psychotherapy services using the British Psychological Society’s (Division of Clinical Psychology) Power Threat Meaning Framework which rejects the idea that emotional and psychological distress are caused by biological faults or pathology.
This new approach stands in stark contrast to the biomedical models of mental illness used widely throughout the psychiatric and medical communities despite the almost total absence of any underlying scientific evidence in support of their position.
The psychosocial approaches to counselling, on the other hand, are built upon a significant base of clinical and empirical evidence established over the last 20 years.
FREE Initial Consultations
If you’d like to find out more about overcoming or recovering from emotional distress using a psychosocial counselling approach, then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.
During this consultation we will discuss your particular problem, what it means to you and the potential solutions that are available.
We provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment without any obligation for you to commit to any psychotherapy programmes or sessions going forward.
This initial consultation will give you the opportunity to consider the merits of the psychosocial perspective as well as the chance to find out what Paul or Joan are like as individuals.