This article explains the fundamentals of therapeutic counselling and holistic counselling. We’ll talk about the role of the counsellor, the key difference of approach in holistic counselling, the kinds of conditions and personal issues counselling can be beneficial for and who counselling might be suitable for. You’ll also be able to find out more about my holistic counselling practice at Knead in the Brisbane CBD. (3 minute reading time)
Professional counselling is a safe and confidential process that empowers individuals to make positive changes in their lives and promotes an individual’s mental and emotional wellbeing as well as deepening and understanding their understanding of themselves and their purpose. Counselling enhances self-awareness, self-esteem and a sense of well-being, and it’s often the first step people take on their journey towards a more positive and fulfilling life.
The counselling process helps clients to identify issues, concerns or self-defeating behaviours or patterns in their lives and relationships, where clients are active participants in the counselling process and determine the pace at which the counselling journey unfolds.
The role of counsellors
Counsellors use deep, active listening, empathy and unconditional positive regard for their clients to establish a positive therapeutic rapport which in itself is deeply beneficial in promoting connection and healing.
In my practice at Knead, in the Brisbane CBD, I use a holistic approach to counselling that draws on a range of modalities to address my clients’ diverse needs and circumstances. As a trained holistic counsellor and therapist, I always take a ‘whole of person’ approach to working with individuals including their emotional, mental, psychological, physical and spiritual/essential nature.
To find out more about my holistic approach to counselling, go to Holistic counselling & therapy.
What is holistic counselling?
As is the case with more traditional approaches to counselling, no two holistic counsellors are alike with every holistic counsellor bringing their own unique approach and therapeutic strengths to the counselling process. In general however, where traditional counselling and psychotherapy focuses on psychological symptoms, holistic counselling and therapy looks deeper and aims to uncover underlying causes and patterns or beliefs. Holistic counselling takes into account the physical, emotional and spiritual/holistic aspects of an individual, as well as the psychological ones and helps clients to grow their self-awareness and self-acceptance to develop sustainable and effective strategies to enhance emotional well-being.
“Its aim is to treat all individuals as whole human beings, made of a mind, heart, body and soul, to help them break free from behaviours that limit them at all levels, so that they can find within themselves the strength and resources to make the changes necessary to overcome their difficulties and move their life forward.” (https://thriveglobal.com/stories/holistic-counselling/)
Counselling sessions usually take place at a pre-arranged time on a weekly basis and may occur over the short term, long term, or over a lifetime, according to an individual’s needs and preferences.
In counselling sessions clients have the time, space and support to explore their lives, their feelings and emotional states including any limiting self beliefs they may have that are contributing to psychological distress, a lack of joy or wellbeing in their life and to better understand and overcome unhelpful or self-sabotaging patterns of behaviours.
The therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client is all-important and strengthens from week to week. This deepening therapeutic rapport and mutual trust enables the client to open up and talk more freely without fear of judgement or shame. Exploring issues and personal challenges in this safe, trusting and therapeutic environment allows clients to work towards positive transformation and behavioural changes that enhance their wellbeing, the quality of their relationships and their experience of life as a whole.
I offer holistic counselling in the Brisbane CBD from Knead massage on Fridays each week. Initial consultations are 75 mins with 60 minute ongoing sessions. I also offer 2 x 45 minute lunchtime sessions on Fridays (depending on availability).
I also offer phone and Skype counselling services on request which can make counselling more accessible and convenient depending on your needs and preferences.
Who is counselling suitable for?
Counselling is suitable and recommended for anyone suffering from anxiety, depression, a lack of fulfilment, challenging life transitions (mid-life, divorce, job-loss), addictions, eating disorders, grief, anger management and a range of other mental and emotional health concerns.
Counselling is a pro-active and empowering means of addressing the issues that can restrict us and keep us ‘stuck’ in a supportive and safe environment with a professional who cares and supports you on your journey of discovery and transformation.
Counselling is a profession with a strong evidence base drawing on empirically supported interventions and specialised interpersonal skills to facilitate change and empower clients. Counsellors are skilled in a range of modalities and equipped to work with clients from diverse backgrounds and across a range of demographics from children and young people to adults, couples and older individuals.
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