Traditional Counselling

Traditional Counselling is a term I use to define “talking therapies”, you know, where you talk to a psychologist about your problems, they take notes, you may complete some psychological assessments, then your 50 minutes – also known as the “therapeutic hour” ends and you walk out the door, feeling pretty much the same as you entered.

Sounds a bit cynical?

Traditional counselling does has some benefits, if used wisely and with with intention.

As a counsellor, having been trained at a post-graduate level, the intentions I set when using traditional counselling skills are:

  1. Micro-counselling skills to help establish and develop rapport with you
  2. Understanding you my clients and having a 100% dedication to your needs
  3. Psycho-education – explaining the therapeutic approach, how it works, why it works
  4. Co-constructiveness – the therapist and the client together, develop an approach and strategies to meet your goals
  5. Development of a treatment plan to ensure the cohesive collection of facts, hypotheses and strategies to bring about the changes required
  6. The discipline to valid hypotheses and to continue “checking in” with the treatment plan