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